6.18.2009

u.s. vs canada (unscientific) health care poll

Small sample size, and unscientific survey, but interesting nonetheless. From a Daily Kos journal, sent to me by James.
91% of Canadians have never had necessary health care delayed or denied... as opposed to 34% of Americans.

. . .

Total Canadians: 333
Never had necessary health care denied or delayed: 304 votes - 91%
Have had necessary health care denied: 7 votes - 2%
Have had necessary health care delayed: 19 votes - 5%
Have had necessary health care denied and delayed: 3 votes - 1%

Total Americans: 841
Insured, never had necessary health care denied or delayed: 283 votes - 34%
Insured, have had necessary health care denied: 99 votes - 12%
Insured, have had necessary health care delayed: 125 votes - 15%
Insured, have had necessary health care denied and delayed: 122 votes - 15%
Uninsured: 212 votes - 25%

Good graphic representation of this and discussion here.

4 comments:

redsock said...

Uninsured in Canada? ... You don't even have to ask!

Denied, delayed or no care at all:

Canada: 8%
USofA: 67%

God Bless America.

James said...

Here is a good graph comparing spending on health care to five-year survival rates for various diseases across several countries.

End result: US health care costs 50%-100% more for no better results.

impudent strumpet said...

It totally makes its point very clearly, but it would have benefited from a standardized definition of "necessary" and "delayed". Right now it's purely subjective perception. (Given the ratios, the numbers still stand with purely subjective perception, but it's not the best science. Hence unscientific in the title.)

Hopefully if they do a more scientific poll like they were talking about, they will standardize definitions so it will stand up to critics.

L-girl said...

I never thought of that seemingly obvious point. "Necessary" seems less subjective than "delayed", but you're right, both words are open to interpretation.

I had another good health care system experience on Thursday, which Allan says I should blog about.