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More Government in Health Care is Not a Prescription For Reform

the province. "My message to Americans is simple: Think twice before supporting a government-run program that will discourage life-saving technologies and treatments, because you will never know when you or a member of your family might need them."

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

routine care.

"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 themselve

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