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US Health Care: Expensive, broken and, if it’s Cancer, first choice (update)
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, September 20, 2007

That's why it is the destination of at least one Canadian Member of Parliament. Lance at A Second Hand Conjecture has a telling chart and links to the rest of the story? And where is Canada on the chart? Nowhere to be found.+

UPDATE: Reader Kav alerts us that the study is limited to Europe and uses the US for comparison which is why Canada wasn't on the list. Jody and PolySciFi Blog has more on the study itself.
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I’m not sure Canada was supposed to be on the chart in the first place. They may be in the top 20, and just weren’t included in that study.
Written By: Bryan Pick
Umm ... but Malta was?
Written By: McQ
I’m sure US Senators fly to Canada for medical services all the time.
Written By: Don
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The US, Iceland, and Malta were the only non-European nations I saw in the list. Since the US was on the list, why not Canada or Mexico? It obviously wasn’t restricted to the other side of the Atlantic.
Written By: Don
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I’m pretty sure that Iceland is considered Europe.
Written By: PogueMahone
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So is Malta, for that matter.

Written By: PogueMahone
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Yeah, I can’t explain it. I believe I originally saw that graphic at MedScape or something, and then at Hit & Run. I don’t recall any link showing which countries were included (although France was obviously omitted).
Written By: Bryan Pick
Just compare UK and USA and you see a 20 point difference.
Written By: Harun
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I have a comment on this at Lance’s place. I actually went and looked at the study rather than just the Telegraph article. It is Europe only with the US numbers added for comparison. That is why there is no Japan, India, Canada, Mexico, etc.
Written By: Kav
Do you have a link to the study, Kav? I’ll be glad to update the post if you do.
Written By: McQ
Here you go, this links to the online journal.

You need a subscription to see it or else I presume you can buy one-off issue access.

Direct access to the article itself in electronic form or in pdf form.
Written By: Kav
I think Kav is right, though I haven’t checked it closely. Say Anything originally thought the MP was from the UK, and then corrected it, which made the chart less relevant and I linked to kav’s comment in the post. That being said, I’ll reprint my reply to Kav here:
I think you are right Kav, though the point still stands. I’ll claim “fake, but accurate!”

I guess the two points I am implying is that much is made of health care surveys which show the US doing poorly, when they use data which may tell us about the health of our population, but little about the performance of our actual health care system. When we look at those kinds of numbers we generally finish pretty darn high.

Secondly, on Canada, this is a common story which should give us pause when looking wistfully at our northern neighbors. Care here is actually quite good in relative terms compared to Canada for the vast majority of our population.
Still, I should have checked the underlying source more closely and you should read kav’s comment for clarification.
Written By: Lance
I got a hold of the study when it was first reported and pulled out a further breakdown by types of cancer.

Basically, Kav is right as to why Canada was excluded - it was a European study and the US was only included for sake of comparison.
Written By: Jody
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Thanks guys ... updated.
Written By: McQ
I notice that when Castro had to have surgery, he left Michael Moore’s healthcare paradise and when to South America.
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