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Universal Health Care: What the United States Can Learn from the Canadian Experience by Pat and Hugh Armstrong and Claudia Fegan, M.D.

1998; 176 pp. $24. The New Press.

My healthy but barely insured eyes recently spotted a California health care plan's (roadside) billboard that described its coverage as "accessible" and "comprehensive." Universal Health Care ?an analysis of Canada's groundbreaking Health Act?should appeal to anyone who has questioned such misleading and grandiose claims made by American health care providers.

When I was a student with full medical insurance?while being taught the superiority of "Yankee ingenuity"?I had no reason to challenge the merits of the American health care system. That was then, this is now. The mere fact that the Canadian health care system can be intelligently summed up in five guiding principles and a relatively small handbook clearly challenges the idea of "Yankee ingenuity." More than Yankees, Canadians appreciate this: basic health care is a basic right.


ISBN: 1565845153

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