In a new survey, just out, the Conference Board of Canada gives Canada a middling report on health care.  Countries such as Australia and Sweden spend less than Canada per person on health care, and generally get better results.

The report  found that in 2008, 10 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic wen t to health spending.   That’s the equivalent of $4,079 U.S. per person. The United States was found to spend the most –  more than 7,500 per person in 2008.  However the U.S. had the worst results by far of any country that was assesssed. It ranked las the worst when it came to the overall health of its population. The States also had the lowest life expectancy  and the worst infant mortality rate.

My own experience with Canadian health care is first rate.  I have my own doctor, get appointments quickly and treatment on the

So is my experience with U.S. health care.  Just this week I developed an infection in my urinary tract.  I went to the hospital in Portland, Maine.  I was welcomed, diagnosed, treated, presented my Blue Cross Travellers’ Insurance number and was sent merrily on my way.  First Class.

Are you satisifed with your health care?

Let us know.


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    Nice anecdotal evidence, Neil.

    But I believe the best way to judge a health care system is not by how well the system is working for services that cater to regular maintenance of one’s health, albeit an important aspect of health care but by how the system deals with catastrophic illnesses, eg. heart surgery, strokes, etc.

    My limited experience with this in the Canadian system is abyssmal. When my father had a stroke, he had a choice in Montreal (this was in ’03): wait 4 months for the scan he needed or pay $450.00 to a clinic in Westmount Square and get it the next day.

    Back in ’88 when my Dad needed a bypass, he was put on a 3 month waiting list.

    I don’t think that’s such a great record.

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    Neil McKenty Says:

    I agree with you Tony, but the waits have been cut since your father’s time. Mosty Canadians are proud of heir health care system.

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    Barbara Says:

    I know someone who had a bypass operation the day he was taken into the hospital, but that was more recently.

    I recall having to wait more than six months for a bone scan because it was thought I might have a debiliating bone disease. Turns out the orignal bone density measurements were faulty.

    On the other hand, my ob-gyn assured me he would have me operated on within two weeks, if he believed I had a uterine cancer. Fortunately, after careful monitoring for months, the growth was declared benign.

    All in all, I am reasonably satisfied, although once I did resort to the clinic in Westmount Square.

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    I must say that I think we have a very good health care system. Like most things, it could be vastly improved. It’s too costly and we should use nursing skills and para medics much more than we do, to free up Doctors. Part of the problem is with the “big egos” in play, Also, Medical staff & government, do not necessarily make the best administrators.

  5. It’s difficult to find proficient people with this topic, and you sound like you know what you’re discussing! Thanks

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