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From last week’s NPR program:

A segment entitled “Blame Canada,” with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Maureen Taylor explaining what health care is really like north of the border. Excerpt:

MIKE PESCA: What do Canadians make of how their health care system is being portrayed in the U.S. these days?

MAUREEN TAYLOR: I think we’re actually saddened that you could use something that we find works so well, the Canadian health care system, to scare Americans into voting this down and being afraid to move forward with this.

And a segment called “The language of reform” with Frank Luntz, author and Republican wordsmith, who wrote a memo called “The Language of Healthcare 2009.” He says his ten rules will help Republicans stop the “Washington takeover” of health care.

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July 30, 2009 at 9:52 am

My guess is that no matter what happens in this country it is likely to be a train wreck as the quality of the debate is so bad. Characterizations of nationalized systems in other countries, both pro and con, are often little more than very selective propaganda.
There’s a nice discussion of the British NHS relative to other systems in the BMJ that points to a rather mixed and complex picture. See Delamothe T. How the NHS measures up. BMJ. 2008 Jun 28; 336(7659): 1469-71. http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/336/7659/1469. And that’s been my family’s experience of the NHS. They provide great care for my grandmother in her final years when she had dementia but the way my father’s stroke was managed a few years ago was atrociously bad, and my mother is able to walk without pain because she didn’t accept the NHS’s determination that her condition wasn’t treatable and she had enough money to get her knee fixed at a private German clinic.