Shopping around for hospital services: a comparison of the United States and Canada.

@article{Bell1998ShoppingAF,
  title={Shopping around for hospital services: a comparison of the United States and Canada.},
  author={Chaim M. Bell and Michael Crystal and Allan S. Detsky and Donald A Redelmeier},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={1998},
  volume={279 13},
  pages={
          1015-7
        }
}
CONTEXT Historical comparisons indicate that US hospitals are more expensive than Canadian hospitals, but health care system reform might have changed the relative costs and timeliness of health care in the 2 countries. OBJECTIVE To estimate the price and convenience of selected hospital services in the United States and Canada for patients in 1997 had they paid out-of-pocket. DESIGN Cross-sectional telephone survey conducted May 1996 to April 1997. PARTICIPANTS The 2 largest acute care… CONTINUE READING
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