Health Insurance in Canada

Health Insurance in Canada

The American debate about health insurance, Canada’s version (called somewhat confusingly “Medicare” and so referred to in this article) is often cited by supporters and opponents alike. Pennsylvania Senator Harris Wofford won election in part on his promise to introduce a Canadian-style system. Would-be Democratic presidential candidate Paul Tsongas insisted that in Canada he could never have had the scarce and expensive medical treatment he needed—although he seems to have been ignorant of the fact that the procedure was developed and available in Toronto and elsewhere. George Bush decorated his election campaign with medical horror stories that turned out on investigation to be largely the invention of feverish speechwriters.

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