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Does Universal Healthcare Make Canadians Healthier?

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Proponents of health insurance reform must be heartened by this news: a new study has found that on average, people living in Canada are healthier than those in the United States. (The survey was only performed on Caucasians, in order to make sure that racial and ethnic disparities in their populations didn’t skew the results.)

Canadians live three years longer than the normal American life expectancy, while being less likely to suffer from chronic health conditions. Meanwhile, Americans spend more on health care.

There are many factors involved, including a lower rate of obesity. However, the authors of the study believe that Canada’s health care system–which offers access to affordable health insurance to all–plays a role. Canadians are more likely to use preventative care services, which improves their health outcomes.

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