April 29, 2010
Are Canadians Healthier Than Americans?
Compared to their neighbors south of the border, Canadians live longer, healthier lives. Research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Population Health Metrics has found this disparity between the two countries, suggesting that America's lack of universal health care and lower levels of social and economic equality are to blame.
David Feeny, from Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Oregon, USA, worked with a team of American researchers to study data from the Joint Canada/United States Survey of Health 2002/03. He said, "Canada and the US share a common border and enjoy very similar standards of living, yet life expectancy in Canada is higher than in the US. There are two distinct potential explanations for the gap: differences in access to health care and in the prevalence of poverty".
Comparing population health in the United States and Canada. David H Feeny, Mark S. Kaplan, Nathalie Huguet and Bentson H McFarland. Population Health Metrics (in press)
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