Citizens of countries with government-run health care systems endure
long wait times, a lack of access to certain treatments and, in many
instances, poorer health. For example:
-- The five-year survival rate for early-diagnosed breast cancer patients
in England is just Hidden List 78 percent, compared to 98
percent in the U.S.
-- The UK has the lowest survival rates and the lowest use of new drugs
compared to the Hidden List United States.
-- Sixty-six percent of Americans have their blood pressure under control,
compared to 43 Hidden List percent of Canadians and 23
percent of Europeans.
-- It takes an average of 363 days Hidden List -- nearly a
Hidden List year -- for Canada's provincial health plans to
decide whether to pay for a new drug. Only 39 percent of new drugs are
fully reimbursed, down from 44 percent in 2004.
-- A typical Canadian seeking surgical or other therapeutic treatment had
to wait 18.3 weeks in 2007, an all-time high, according to The Fraser
-- More than half of Canadian adults (56 percent) sought routine or ongoing
care in 2005 -- of these, one in six said they have trouble getting
"Congress has an important role to play in health care reform," said
United States Representative John Shadegg (R-AZ), who has introduced health
care legislation in support of free-market competition. "We can help
patients in this country, not by setting up a massive new government
bureaucracy, but by empowering individuals to make the best choices for
|SOURCE Center for Medicine in the Public Interest|
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