Sunday, August 30, 2009

Looking Overseas

The myths...

Canada long lines?

Life expectancy is longer in Canada, and its infant mortality rate is lower than that of the U.S.

In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors.

The second route to universal coverage leaves the actual delivery of health care in private hands, but the government pays most of the bills. That’s how Canada and, in a more complex fashion, France do it.

third route to universal coverage relies on private insurance companies, using a combination of regulation and subsidies to ensure that everyone is covered. Switzerland offers the clearest example: everyone is required to buy insurance, insurers can’t discriminate based on medical history or pre-existing conditions, and lower-income citizens get government help in paying for their policies.

Speaking of preventive care

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