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Monday, March 06, 2006

Health Care Reading

I think I've said enough about health care for the moment, but there is lots more good stuff out there to read if you are so inclined:

This piece on the unravelling U.S. health care situation, by Paul Krugman and Robin Wells, is alarming but not alarmist, and definitely worth reading.

And this post (in response to the Krugman/Wells article) by Laura at Liberalism Without Cynicism, is worth reading as well. It also explains why the NY Times needs to denigrate the Canadian system (referring to an article mentioned by Richard in the comments a couple of posts back).

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For those who haven't heard yet, Malcolm Gladwell has a blog which has a few posts of him debating Canadian vs. American healthcare and talking about his own change of opinion since a few years ago. He also has a good article on 'Moral Hazard' and why it works differently in health care than it does in other insurance industries.

Mike from Rational Reasons had a good overview post (with lots of links) on the Canadian health care situation a few weeks back.

And if you really have a lot of time on your hands, you might want to try reading either the Romanow Report or the Kirby Report on the Canadian Health Care system.

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Update - A few more links:

This series by Ezra Klein which looks at 5 different national health care systems (France, the U.K., Canada, Germany and Japan) is well worth reading.
Within that piece are a few more links, including to ... ...
http://www.photius.com/rankings/world_health_systems.html

This presentation has some good slides comparing how different national health systems work

And finally, this pair of posts from Jonathan at No More Shall I Roam looks at why the health care market fails, explaining why any country that can afford to has instituted some sort of government run / managed / regulated health care program.

4 Comments:

  • Here's another link for some reading. It's an interview in the most recent Maclean's with Dr. Brian Day, who is the incoming president of the CMA. Some of his talk is slightly refreshing but other answers are repetitive and boring and expected. Overall though, I like the way he is pointing to that Canada should look to Europe for the lead not to the US and their privatization style.

    http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/canada/article.jsp?content=20060313_123064_123064

    By Blogger Bailey, at 10:20 AM  

  • Declan, this whole series on health care has been great reading. Thanks for the good work, based not on knee-jerk defense of the status quo but rather on solid research and the punturing of long-standing myths.

    By Anonymous Tim, at 2:09 PM  

  • Thanks for the link Bailey, and thanks for the kind words Tim.

    By Blogger Declan, at 10:56 PM  

  • Thanks for the link buddy. It means a lot coming from you.

    By Blogger Mike, at 12:02 PM  

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