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National Institute for Health Insurance Reform

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Monday, August 15, 2005

Health Care Blog

Intelligence shines through the postings at The Health Care Blog.

Matthew Holt, a health care consultant, writes penetrating analyses of current trends in the industry. In particular, his comparison of the U.S. and Canadian health care delivery systems exposes several myths that cloud discussion of the issues.

For example:

Myth: Canadians stream across the border for medical care unavailable in their own country
Fact: A few do, but the overwhelming majority don't

Myth: Canadians are profoundly unhappy with their system
Fact: They are significantly happier with their system than we are in the U.S.

Myth: Canada rations care
Fact: Canadians do have to wait a month or more for elective surgery; about 25% wait for 4 or more months

Mr. Holt's Blog also draws high quality comments from professionals. Anyone who really wants to understand the debate should be familiar with the contents of this blog.

The tenor of the postings and the spirit of the debate are worth noting. These guys are smart, serious and they respect each other. This is a very refreshing read compared to so many publications which shrilly flog extreme views.

Of course, I personally would like to see the debate evolve from a discussion of the nature of the problem to the nature of the solution.