Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Alberta Health Care Less expensive than the US version!

Data
The authors’ main data set used is The Joint Canada/U.S. Survey of Health (JCUSH). Collected between the fall of 2002 and spring of 2003, this data set includes 3,505 Canadian and 5,183 American individuals.
Basic Statistics

U.S.
Canada
Life Expectancy (Male)
74.8
77.4
Life Expectancy (Female)
80.1
82.4
Infant Mortality/1000 live births
6.8
5.3
Obesity Rate (Male)
31.1
17.0
Obesity Rate (Female)
32.2
19.0
HC spending as % of GDP (2005)
16.0%
10.4%



We can readily see that the U.S. has worse life expectancy, infant mortality rates, and obesity rates that Canada, yet pays more for these relatively poorer outcomes. Canada is clearly better…right?
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