You've undoubtedly heard of the "Happy Canadian." Maybe you know
one. These are the Canadian ex-pats who tell us how wonderful the
Canadian health care system really is. They were invariably treated
without delay, had access to all the finest medical technology and,
best of all, it was free. The problem is, it's just not true, says Tom
Patterson, chairman of the Goldwater Institute and a former state
According to the Fraser Institute, a Canadian think tank:
spite of the Canadian government's best efforts to address an
acknowledged problem, Canadians are still spending huge amounts of time
in lines for health care.
*There is an across-the-board median delay of 16.1 weeks from referral to a specialist until treatment actually begins.
Canadians don't fare any better for routine preventive care, according to Fraser:
to the Canadian group Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP),
65 percent of Canadian women aged 40 to 64 have had a mammogram within
the last five years, that's the same percentage as uninsured American
women, but far below the 87 percent of insured American women who have
had the procedure.
*Just 16 percent of Canadian men have been
screened for prostate cancer, compared to 31 percent of uninsured
American men and 52 percent of insured American men.
including with the use of wait times, is one of the ways to control the
otherwise infinite demand for services in a country with socialized
health care. As these numbers show, Americans are right to be
skeptical of the claimed benefits of socialized health care systems.
Canadians with government health care don't have more access to
treatment, says Patterson.
Source: Tom Patterson, "Canadians
don't have better access to routine preventative health care,"
Goldwater Institute, November 4, 2009; based upon: Nadeem Esmail,
"Waiting Your Turn; Hospital Waiting Lists in Canada: 2009 Report,"
Fraser Institute, October 2009.