Health Status, Health Care and Inequality: Canada vs. the U.S.

  title={Health Status, Health Care and Inequality: Canada vs. the U.S.},
  author={June E. O'Neill and Dave M. O’Neill},
  journal={Forum for Health Economics \& Policy},
It is often alleged that Canada's publicly-funded, single payer health care system, delivers better health outcomes, and distributes health resources more fairly than the mainly private U.S. multi-payer system. Our findings contradict these allegations. Differences between the U.S. and Canada in infant mortality and life expectancy --the two indicators most commonly used as evidence of better health outcomes in Canada—cannot be attributed to differences in the effectiveness of the two health… 

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