What Are Some Facts About Health Care in Canada?


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In Canada, health care is run and paid for by each province and territory, and federal law mandates no cost-sharing with patients for any necessary hospital or physician services, according to the Washington Post. Doctors are reimbursed by the government at pre-negotiated rates for each service. Each province or territory decides whether to cover supplemental benefits such as dental care and prescription drugs, and as a result, two-thirds of Canadians take out separate policies to cover these additional benefits.

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Canada spends 11.4 percent of its gross domestic product on health care, as of 2009, states the Washington Post, which is more than most countries in the world but less than countries such as the United States, Germany and France. Administrative costs in Canada are also less than in the United States; Canadian doctors spend much less time and money dealing with private insurance companies.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development rates Canada high in regards to patient outcomes, cancer survival rates, primary care and prevention of hospital admissions, according to the Washington Post. The country doesn't fare as well when it comes to wait times, however, which usually exceed those of other counties. Approximately 57 percent of Canada's citizens feel satisfied or very satisfied with their access to medical care, which is more than double the percentage of Americans who feel the same way.

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