A new report was just released comparing canadian and european healthcare sytems, called Euro-Canada Health Consumer Index 2008 you can find it here,www.fcpp.org/main/publication...php?PubID=2025 (external - login to view)
In it Canada generally lags well behind most other european countries in quality of care delivered and bang for your buck. Drugs are financed at around 90% in europe while canada's healthcare system pays for about 40% of your prescription costs !
In europe healthcare is geared around the patient, with patient rights guaranteeing timely and effective treatment., in canada we have taken a top down approach, focusing on the healthcare providers and ignoring patient opinion or input and providing no guarantees to wait times.
Finally, we are raising the bar for healthcare in Canada. Please, no more comparisons to the USA system.
P.Fezziwig, contributor for Healthcare Reviews , http://www.healthcarereviews.com (external - login to view) , building a better healthcare system through patient feedback.