Plus, "waiting times are significantly longer in Canada than in the U.S." Thirty-three percent of Canadians who say they have an unmet medical need reported being in pain that limits their daily activities, compared to 22 percent of Americans who report an unmet need. Moreover, U.S. residents "give significantly higher ratings to the quality of care received and were more satisfied with health care services received than were Canadians," note the scholars.
But perhaps less-affluent people do better in Canada? Not really. Among working-age adults (18-64), the health gap based on income is actually greater in Canada than in the United States, according to this new, more accurate income data.
Americans who have cancer may well face harrowing problems that need addressing by presidential candidates. But we are also significantly more likely to survive and be able to make it onstage with Hillary to complain about the U.S. health care system.
I don't know why Canadians tolerate a system where sick people are routinely denied quick access to care that they need. But the logic of "free government health care" is this:
"When no one is faced with any charge for services, demand is unrestrained and costs surge," June O'Neill and Dave O'Neill report. "It is not surprising that shortages developed and explicit rationing became widespread in Canada."
Is that really where Hillary wants us to go?
Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.