Commentaries, International Health Systems

Why we need to think twice about adopting an Australian model of pension reform Why we need to think twice about adopting an Australian model of pension reform
By Robert Brown

In their recent “Report on Business” commentary, authors Charles Lammam and Stephen Kirchner of the Fraser Institute urge the Province of Ontario to adopt an Australian model of pension provision instead of expanding the Canada Pension Plan as proposed in the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.

QUEENAN_Why this U.S. doctor is moving to Canada Why this U.S. doctor is moving to Canada
By Emily Queenan

I’m a U.S. family physician who has decided to relocate to Canada. The hassles of working in the dysfunctional health care “system” in the U.S. have simply become too intense.

Why Canadian hospitals outperform U.S. hospitals Why Canadian hospitals outperform U.S. hospitals
By Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein

In many countries, bereaved families get condolence cards and flowers. In the U.S., the survivors are also deluged with hospital bills and insurance paperwork. That paperwork isn’t merely an insult. It costs U.S. society a fortune.

Pourquoi le Canada devrait éviter de faire concurrence aux États-Unis pour le pire système de santé de tous les pays développés Why Canada shouldn’t compete with the U.S. for the worst performing health system in the developed world
By Colleen Flood

The latest Commonwealth Study ranked Canada’s health care system a dismal second to last in a list of eleven major industrialized countries. We had the dubious distinction of beating out only the Americans. This latest poor result is already being used by those bent on further privatizing health care.

Stethoscope on American Flag with Selective Focus. U.S., Canadian health care systems share some challenges
By Trudy Lieberman

Both Canada and the United States are historically and practically steeped in fee-for-service medicine, and much of the power to control prices rests in the hands of the medical establishment. While provincial governments have periodic negotiations with medical and hospital groups, and there are global budgets for hospitals that try to constrain costs, the system is relatively expensive.

Medicine spilling onto table from bottle into dollar sign shape David Dodge on why health care costs so much
By Trudy Lieberman

We know that the U.S. has the most expensive health care in the world. But beyond noting that dubious achievement, we seldom ask why. On my recent visit to Canada as a Fulbright scholar, I stopped by to pose that question to one of their leading health care experts, David Dodge, an economist who has served as federal deputy health minister and seven terms as governor of the Bank of Canada.

Canada fares better than the U.S. on value for healthcare dollars — but lags behind other developed nations Canada fares better than the U.S. on value for healthcare dollars — but lags behind other developed nations
By Jody Heymann and Douglas Barthold

Here’s a fact most Canadians probably don’t know: Canadians live longer than people in the United States. Specifically, women in Canada live an average of 83 years, compared to 80 in the United States; men live over 78 years on average compared to 75 in the United States. Why is this the case? There are clear links between mortality rates and the way countries invest in healthcare and improving social conditions.

TrudyLeiberman_USA-CAN_000008871941Small Comparing U.S., Canadian health care systems
By Trudy Lieberman

One thing Americans and Canadians can agree on is that we don’t want each other’s health care systems. In truth, most Americans don’t know how Canada’s system works and Canadians don’t know much about the U.S. system.

What the future of American health care means for Canada What the future of American health care means for Canada
By Janna Stam

Will Obamacare impact Canadian health care policy? It’s among the many questions that were posed to Trudy Lieberman, past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists and press critic for the Columbia Journalism Review. Lieberman recently completed a cross-Canada public speaking tour, as a Fulbright Scholar and guest of the Evidence Network of Canadian Health Policy, more commonly known as

m007_breastfeed Why breastfeeding breaks for working moms pay off
By Jody Heymann

How many new moms in Canada and the U.S. will be able to participate in national breastfeeding week (October 1-7)? In Canada and in the U.S., each for different reasons, it’s up to their employers. In most of the world, mothers and their children don’t need to rely on chance.

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