Researchers on both sides of the border are trying to figure out why there's such a dramatic survival gap between the two countries.
We actually know quite a lot about what makes Canadian health policy so effective. Population health approaches to improving social conditions, as well as public health prevention and health promotion measures taken across the country, have helped to reduce both chronic disease and acute illness. The Canadian portrait compares favourably to the American, but how does our healthcare investment compare to other developed nations in the study? Here, Canada falls short. Canada ranked 8th of 27 countries, while the US came in at 22nd.
We need leaders who will rise to the challenge of protecting and improving medicare, not shirk their responsibilities. Prime Minister Harper, you are needed back at the table for a 2014 Health Accord. Canadians have real expectations of you, not just to cut cheques -- and increasingly smaller cheques at that -- but to lead Canada on health care. Your absence will hurt the health of Canadians.
In 2003, I broke my leg in New York. I was playing basketball, my feet got tangled with an opposing player, and bones snapped below and above my ankle. I was living in the U.S. at the time and, by many people's standards, had good health insurance through work. Yet, I found myself in the nightmarish American health-care system.