8/31/10

Another advantage of publicly funded health care in Canada. Medicare works.

An interesting blog piece by Jim Stanford concludes that "the higher... the out of pocket fees associated with medical care, the more individuals will cut back care when they are worried about their employment and economic security."

Stanford is drawing on a new study entitled “The Economic Crisis and Medical Care Usage” which looked at the impact of the recession in five developed countries: the U.S., the UK, Germany, France, and Canada.  "Canada and the U.K. have the lowest user fees among the five countries surveyed; and in those countries, there was virtually no change under the recession in patterns of care utilization."

The U.S., without a universal health care system (and much higher out of pocket fees), fared much worse.  When compared with Canadians, almost five times as many Americans reported reducing their use of routine medical services during the recent recession.

dallan@cupe.ca