According to a new study by economists at Baruch College in New York - not quite so. William Watson summarizes the results:
The health payoff to higher income ("income-health gradient") is bigger here than in the United States... even though the whole purpose of medicare is to eliminate the effect of income on health. [my bold]
And some small details:
And, there’s no mention of the fact that "waiting lists" are essentially unheard of in American healthcare.
one magnetic resonance imager for every 37,000 Americans, versus one for every 182,000 Canadians.
computed tomography scanners ... one for every 31,000 Americans, versus one for every 87,000 Canadians...
The Japanese ... have even more [CT scanners and MRI’s] than the Americans.
...Americans seem happier with their health care than we are with ours.
...we have better longevity and infant-mortality statistics. But other differences between our societies explain that..
Fifteen percent of older Americans say their health is excellent, versus only 8% of Canadians...
...more Americans than Canadians who have a given condition receive treatment for it.
In several forms of preventive care, we lag the Americans.
Americans have a higher incidence of cancer, we have higher mortality rates...
Now, let’s hear it one more time for Saint Tommy.