Red tape costs U.S. doctor four times what Canadian physicians pay.
Subject: Medical care, Cost of (Comparative analysis)
Medicine (Practice)
Medicine (Economic aspects)
Pub Date: 09/22/2011
Publication: Name: Human Ecology Publisher: Cornell University, Human Ecology Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology; Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Cornell University, Human Ecology ISSN: 1530-7069
Issue: Date: Fall, 2011 Source Volume: 39 Source Issue: 2
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States; Canada Geographic Code: 1USA United States; 1CANA Canada
Accession Number: 278651775
Full Text: Sean Nicholson, professor of policy analysis and management, co-authored a study that finds that American medical practices spend $82,975 each per year dealing with insurance companies and government entities--roughly four times the $22,205 spent on average by Ontario doctors. The paper, published in the August 2011 issue of the journal Health Affairs, attributes the cost differences mainly to Canada's simpler single-payer system, whereas U.S. practices grapple with different sets of regulations, procedures, requirements, formularies, and forms mandated by each health insurance plan or payer. "It's the nurse time and the clerical time, rather than physician time, that's different ... and is driving the increased costs," Nicholson said.

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