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Independent study validates Canada's medicare program

Finds public medicare made major impact in reducing socioeconomic differences in deaths.

Independent study validates Canada's medicare programby NUPGE

OTTAWA, June 26, 2008 — An independent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health confirms that the introduction of public Medicare in Canada has made a major impact on reducing inequities in health care.

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) says the research validates what defenders of Medicare have been saying for decades - "Sickness doesn't discriminate neither should our health care system."

In the first 25 years after it was introduced in Canada, Medicare was the largest contributing factor to reducing deaths "amenable to medical care" and in "reducing socio-economic differences in mortality," the study concludes.

It adds: "Public support for physician and hospital services seems warranted in the interest of further reducing inequities in health."

However, one area of concern identified by the study was a relatively poor performance of public health initiatives. . .

Links and sources
  Independent study validates Canada's Medicare program, posted on NUPGE.ca, June 26, 2008

Posted: July 02, 2008

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