A Comparative Analysis of the U.S. and Canadian Health Care Systems: Cost containment Strategies
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The United States government spends more of the U.S. budget on health care than it does on food, housing and transportation. The cost of health care in 1990 consumed eleven and a half percent of the gross national product, a figure that is far higher than any other industrialized nation's. The intent of this paper is to analyze U.S. health care expenditures in comparison with those of Canada, and incorporate Canadian cost saving techniques in the U.S. system with out sacrificing quality. The suggestion for some cost-containment approaches will be put forth and analyzed in direct comparison to those of Canada. This paper focuses primarily on two areas in which health care resources could be more efficiently spent, health administration and medical malpractice. It is in those areas where large discrepancies exist between U.S. and Canadian health care spending. Rather than adopt a nationalized health care system in the United States, cost-containment approaches could be integrated into the current U.S. system.