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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Outrage of the Day: The Terrible Health Care Canadians and Britons Receive

It's become fashionable in governing circles to deride the quality of the U.S. health care system to support an ideological agenda that says Americans would be better off with a government-run health system similar to Britain's or Canada's.

The National Center for Policy Analysis puts the lie to this, well, lie, and not for the first time.

Read their Brief Analysis #649, "10 Surprising Facts about American Health Care" and learn the specifics behind the following:
Fact No. 1: Americans have better survival rates than Europeans for common cancers.

Fact No. 2: Americans have lower cancer mortality rates than Canadians.

Fact No. 3: Americans have better access to treatment for chronic diseases than patients in other developed countries.

Fact No. 4: Americans have better access to preventive cancer screening than Canadians.

Fact No. 5: Lower income Americans are in better health than comparable Canadians.

Fact No. 6: Americans spend less time waiting for care than patients in Canada and the U.K.

Fact No. 7: People in countries with more government control of health care are highly dissatisfied and believe reform is needed.

Fact No. 8: Americans are more satisfied with the care they receive than Canadians.

Fact No. 9: Americans have much better access to important new technologies like medical imaging than patients in Canada or the U.K.

Fact No. 10: Americans are responsible for the vast majority of all health care innovations.
Go here for the backup details and keep the document bookmarked for the health care debate to come. And maybe e-mail it to any Canadians or Britons you may know. Those folks need health care reform, ASAP.
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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:53 AM

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