The United States Looks at Canadian Health Care
Iglehart, John K.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1989 Dec 21; 321(25): 1767-1772.
As the United States looks at ways to control medical expenditures and expand access to care, attention has turned to Canada's approach to financing and delivering health care. This Health Policy Report discusses several aspects of the growing U.S. interest in the Canadian system where care is financed by the government through general tax revenues, is accessible to all, and is provided largely by private, fee-for-service physicians. Iglehart first outlines recent trends in health care expenditures among 24 Western nations, with the United States, then Canada, spending the most per capita. He then describes U.S. initiatives in studying the strengths and weaknesses of the Canadian system on the part of health policy makers, politicians, providers and purchasers of care, and health services researchers. Iglehart concludes with an account of organized medicine's reaction to this interest in the Canadian approach to medical care. (KIE abstract)
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