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03-08-2011, 09:07 PM
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Originally Posted by DylanSensFan View Post
Yet we have a higher life expectancy and a lower infant mortality rate than the US.
That's like bragging that you're smarter than the special ed student.

Canada's system could be much better, but too many Canadians prefer to pat themselves on the back as superior to the US instead of realizing that in the international scheme of things Canada's performance on a number of metrics is far from stellar.

You mention infant mortality... Canada is 36th in the world, nearly twice as high as Sweden and Japan... far from bragging rights.

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Originally Posted by DrEasy
I don't know all the intricacies, but don't drugs also cost less in Canada because we have a single buyer who can get things in bulk?
The US also has large buyers (e.g. Medicare), but the problem is that they refuse to negotiate lower prices. The reason for this is a combination of ideology (free markets vs. collective bargaining) and the fact that the US government is bought and paid for by corporate interests.

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