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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Contrary to GOP Lies - Canadians Love Their Healthcare


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To listen to Republican propaganda, one would believe that Canadian citizens were trapped in a terrible Socialist system of free healthcare for everyone. Somebody forgot to tell the Canadians.

Online polls conducted by Ipsos/McClatchy surveyed 1,004 U.S. adults July 9-14 and 1,010 Canadians on June 5-7. They aren't scientific random samples, don't statistically mirror the population and thus have no margin of error. Rather, they resemble large focus groups to help see what people are thinking about a particular issue.

On key questions of care and costs, patients in the two countries clearly see things differently.

65% of Canadians said they had access to all the health care services they needed at costs they could afford; 49% of Americans felt the same way.

That difference probably reflects the costs of health care:
Patients pay nothing at doctors' offices in Canada.

It also helps explain the fact that Americans see health care differently based on their incomes, while Canadians see it roughly the same regardless of what they earn.

Just 37% of Americans who make less than $50,000 a year say they have access to and can afford all the health care services they need, while 60% of those who make more say they can get all they need at costs they can afford.

The gap was much smaller in Canada, where 61% of those who earn less than $55,000 and 70% of those who make more than that said they had access to all the care they needed at costs they could afford.

In both countries, people with chronic conditions are more likely than those without such illnesses to say that they have access to the care they need.

source:
McClatchy.com













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