Surprising Facts About U.S. Health Care Vs. Canada’s Health Care
Surprising Facts About U.S. Healthcare
From The National Center For Policy Analysis
For the Whole Analysis go to, http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ba649
- Americans are more satisfied with the care they receive than Canadians. When asked about their own health care instead of the “health care system,” more than half of Americans (51.3 percent) are very satisfied with their health care services, compared to only 41.5 percent of Canadians; a lower proportion of Americans are dissatisfied (6.8 percent) than Canadians (8.5 percent) More than 70 percent of German, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and British adults say their health system needs either “fundamental change” or “complete rebuilding”
- Nine of 10 middle-aged American women (89 percent) have had a mammogram, compared to less than three-fourths of Canadians (72 percent).
- Nearly all American women (96 percent) have had a pap smear, compared to less than 90 percent of Canadians.
- More than half of American men (54 percent) have had a PSA test, compared to less than 1 in 6 Canadians (16 percent).
- Nearly one-third of Americans (30 percent) have had a colonoscopy, compared with less than 1 in 20 Canadians (5 percent).
- “Americans (51.3 percent) are very satisfied with their health care services, compared to only 41.5 percent of Canadians;”
- “Americans spend less time waiting for care than patients in Canada and the U.K. Canadian and British patients wait about twice as long – sometimes more than a year”
- Americans have better access to treatment for chronic diseases than patients in other developed countries
- Lower income Americans are in better health than comparable Canadians
- “Americans have higher survival rates for cancer than Canada or Europe