U.S. trending toward European and Asian-style health care—not Canadian-style

Steve Globerman’s recent study of health systems in Canada and nine European and Asian countries with “universal” health care demonstrates Canadian patients are unique in having government control spending from the first dollar—that is, Canadian patients pay nothing directly out-of-pocket for services defined as medically necessary by the government. Further, they are uniquely prevented from choosing their own private health insurance for those services, either as a substitute for the government plan or supplemental to it.What these other countries share is a commitment to universal coverage. The United States is the only developed country today where a large proportion of

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