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The Top Ten Things People Believe About Canadian Health Care, But Shouldn't

Recorded on February 4, 2004

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Most Americans complain about the quality of our nation's health care. Likewise, many believe our neighbors in Canada have the answer to their particular woes. But, do they? After more than 30 years of a government-run, single-payer system, what is the average Canadian citizen's medical care experience? How accessible are the treatments they need? How well have costs been controlled? What do Canadians think about the quality of care received? Join us as Dr. Brian Lee Crowley, Founding President of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), assesses these and other aspects of Canadian health care policy and the valuable lessons to be learned.

Dr. Crowley is co-author of two Sir Antony Fisher Award winning projects on the Canadian health care system - "Operating in the Dark: The Gathering Crisis in Canada's Public Health Care System" and "Definitely Not the Romanow Report: Achieving Equity, Sustainability, Accountability and Consumer Empowerment in Canadian Health Care." In recognition of his health care work, he was named to the most influential provincial health care inquiry in Canada, the Mazankowski Committee. Former Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Don Mazankowski called Crowley the "intellectual architect" of the committee's report. Crowley is also a much sought-after media commentator on health care policy, and he has spoken to scores of national and international conferences in recent years on health care reform in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.