Canadian lessons for the US about health reform

March 27, 2017

With Congressional and White House leaders’ decision to drop the American Health Care Act, the future of health reform in the US is unclear. Reflecting on the AHCA “drama”, two Canadian physicians have authored an article with lessons for the US. Unlike the US, health care for everyone is a core Canadian value. In 2004 Canadians across the country voted Tommy Douglas, former premier of Saskatchewan and “the father” of their universal health care system, as the Greatest Canadian of All Time. The Canadian system provides better health outcomes for everyone, at far less cost, a lower share of their economy, and lower administrative burden. We could learn a lot.

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