As members of Congress return to their states and districts to debate the merits of the Democrats. proposals for health care reform, critics of the proposals may repeat the phrase used by some Republicans, newspaper editorials and bloggers that the American health care system is the envy of the world.
If so, they should read the results of a recent Harris/Decima poll in Canada that found a 10-to-1 majority of Canadians believed their system was superior to the U.S. system.
They might also note that a 70% majority of Canadians thought their system was performing welland that a majority favored an expansion of public sector health care (i.e., government-run health care in the current debate) over private sector health care.
These are some of the results of a recent Harris/Decima telephone survey conducted between June 4 and 8, 2009 by Harris/Decima among 1,000 Canadian adults.
The main findings were:
- A 70% majority of Canadians thought their system was performing either very well (12%) or fairly well (58%). Only 28% thought it was performing not well at (9%) or not that well (19%).
- Most people (55%) favored an expansion of the public sector. Just over a
quarter (27%) of Canadians thought that the Canadian system had got the
balance between public and private sector health care right. Only 12% favored a tilt towards the private sector.
- An 82% majority of Canadians believed their country.s health care system was superior to the U.S. system. Only 8% thought the U.S. system was superior
In June 2008, a Financial Times/Harris Poll found that 59% of British adults and 70% of French adults believed their countries. health care systems were the envy of the world.
This can be compared to a Harris Poll in the United States, conducted with the Harvard School of Public Health in March 2008 that found that only 45% of Americans believed that they had the best health care system in the world.
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