Comparison and Contrasts of the United States and Canadian Health Care Systems

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Comparison and Contrasts of the United States and Canadian Health Care Systems

The National healthcare debate is one that has been a continuing arguing point for the last decade. The goal is to provide healthcare to all Americans, regardless of whether they are able to afford insurance or not. In 2009, the U.S. National Health Care Act failed to come to be debated in the house. This Act would have called for the creation of a universal single-payer health care system. Under the policies this Act would enact, all medically-necessary medical care decided between doctor and patient would be paid for automatically and directly by the Government of the United States. In place of this Act, the compromise was the
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Another reason behind universal health care coverage is to ensure that all citizens have to opportunity to have quality health care. The perception of many Americans will is that the quality of health care in the United States is by far more superior to that of any country and is threatened by the possibility of health care reform. Before we look at the quality of both American and Canadian health care, let us look at what constitutes quality health care. According to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: “Quality health care means doing the right thing at the right time in the right way for the right person and having the best results possible.” (AHRQ, 1998). Multiple studies have been conducted comparing the quality of healthcare between these two countries and though the findings go both ways, a majority of the studies found a higher quality of care in Canada. After reviewing the quality differences between the two countries, it is found that they performed better in different areas. “Studies addressed diverse problems, including cancer, coronary artery disease, chronic illnesses and surgical procedures. Of 10 studies that included extensive statistical adjustment and enrolled broad populations, five favored Canada, two favored the United States, and three showed equivalent or mixed results”. (Docteur & Berenson, 2009). Although a majority of the studies seem to favor Canada, the U.S. is