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Survey of Other Countries’ Health Care

Want a Euro-style health care system? Think again

By Arthur Foulkes
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The idea of universal health care is appealing. It makes us think of a perfect world where anyone can walk into a hospital or doctor’s office, receive treatment and walk out without any cost.

But is this idea very realistic?

Many people point to Canada and Europe as successful examples of successful universal health care systems. But how successful – and how “universal” – are these examples in reality?

Early last year the Cato Institute published a survey (“The Grass Is Not Always Greener,” March 18, 2008) of about a dozen western European national health care systems. This study shows (1) there is no single type of national health care. And (2) there is also no perfect health care system. Many systems suffer from expanding deficits, rising costs, stifling bureaucracy, a lack of technology, limited patient choice and long waiting lists for patient care.

http://www.tribstar.com/cnhi/tribstar/business/local_story_253211032.html

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September 11, 2009 - Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare | , ,

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