Standards of Evaluation

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Standards of Evaluation:
A Comparison of Health Care Standards Between the US and Canada

The Canadian health care system is often compared to the US system. In 2007 a systematic review concluded that outcomes may be superior in Canada versus the United States. The US system spends the most in the world per capita, and was ranked 37th in the world by the World Health Organization in 2000, while Canada's health system was ranked 30th (Guyatt, 2007).

In terms of access, more Canadians seem to be covered with a decent health care insurance than Americans. Canada employs the single-payer system, which is a type of healthcare that is financed by a single public body (the Canadian government) from a single fund. In some ways, it appears
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At least in Canada, any person can receive some form of health care if they walk into a clinic or hospital with an existing medical condition. Here in the United States, a person will receive quality health care only if he or she is covered by a medical insurance. This is advantageous for the wealthy and those able to pay for medical insurance.

On March 23, 2010, President Obama has signed the Affordable Care Act. This legislature has put into place comprehensive health insurance reforms that is spread out over 4 years or more, with most changes taking place by 2014. The reforms are designed to control the cost of private insurance and to ensure that more if not all Americans will have some form of health care insurance.

The bottom line is that presently, Canada’s health care system seems to be more inexpensive, covering more of its people and producing better health outcomes in the majority of the studies performed. This will hopefully change as the United States embrace health care reforms that will revolutionize and revitalize the present health care system.


Guyatt, GH; Devereaux, P, Lexchin, J, Stone, SB, Yalnizyan, A, Himmelstein, D, Woolhandler, S, Zhou, Q, Goldsmith, LJ, Cook, DJ, Haines, T, Lacchetti, C, Lavis, JN, Sullivan, T, Mills, E, Kraus, S, Bhatnagar, N (2007 Apr 14). "A
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