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Universal access in Canada. Questions of equity remain.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10122938     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Health/PAC readers will remember Samuel Wolfe's previous Bulletin article about Canada's national health care system ("Importing Health Care Reform? Issues in Transposing Canada's Health Care System to the United States," Summer 1990), in which he described the uniqueness of our northern neighbor's experience. At that time, Wolfe expressed doubt that a Canadian-like model could find sufficient political and social momentum to be propelled south. In this latest article, Wolfe is joined by his long-time colleague, Robin Badgley, to discuss the inequity and inequality they believe still exists within the Canadian system. Wolfe and Badgley's insightful analysis of what they see as shortcomings of the Canadian model and suggestions for their remedy are especially welcome given the questionable validity of most criticism of the Canadian system that Americans hear. Their work helps us understand the real problems that remain in the still-evolving Canadian system. As Americans discuss the various possibilities for progressive single-payer reform, many envision of state-based system. Wolfe and Badgley point out that demographically rooted inequalities and the lingering health burdens of social class may interfere with truly national universal access. They also alert us to the dangers that federal retreat from adequate levels of support would pose to such a state strategy. Samuel Wolfe has a unique background as a country doctor, psychiatrist, and public health official who attended the difficult birth of Saskatchewan's provincial health plan--the prototype for Canada's national health insurance. A respected teacher, researcher, and community health activist, Wolfe has taught in the United States for more than 25 years. He will soon move back to Canada and the welcome security of its universal health care system.
S Wolfe; R F Badgley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health PAC bulletin     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0017-9051     ISO Abbreviation:  Health PAC Bull     Publication Date:  1992  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-01-22     Completed Date:  1993-01-22     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1255014     Medline TA:  Health PAC Bull     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  29-35     Citation Subset:  H    
Columbia University School of Public Health.
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MeSH Terms
Health Care Costs
Health Services Accessibility / economics*,  organization & administration
Insurance, Health / economics*
National Health Programs / economics*,  organization & administration
Program Evaluation / economics
Socioeconomic Factors

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