Heated debate surrounds the topic of health care in both the US and in Canada. In each country, these debates are based in some measure on perceptions about health care in their neighboring country. The perceptions held by Canadians about the US health care system, or those held by Americans about Canada, end up having significant impact on health policy makers in both countries.
Health Care Policy and Opinion in the United States and Canada examines these perceptions and their effects using an extensive cross-national survey made up of two public opinion polls of over 3,500 respondents from the US and Canada. The book first develops a rigorous and detailed explanation of the factors that contribute to levels of satisfaction among Americans and Canadians with respect to their health care systems. It then attempts to study the perceptions of Canadians vis-à-vis the US health care system as well as the perception of Americans toward Canada’s health care system. The authors examine how these perceptions impact health policy makers, and show how the survey results indicate remarkable similarities in the opinions expressed by Americans and Canadians toward the problems in the health care system, heralding perhaps a measure of convergence in the future.
The authors present how perceptions on health care indicate elements of convergence or divergence between the views of Canadians and Americans, and discuss how these citizen opinions should inform health care policy change in both countries in the near future. This book should generate interest in scholars of health care, public opinion, and comparative studies of social policies and public opinion.
"A welcome work of public opinion scholarship comparing what North Americans--on both sides of the Canadian/US border --think about their health care, their nation's programs, and what their neighbors have and do not have. This sharply contrasts with the mix of mischief and sheer mythology that prevails in much public debate. " Ted Marmor, Yale University and co-author of Politics, Health, and Health Care, (with Rudolf Klein) , Yale UP 2012
"A fascinating, timely, and pioneering comparison of American and Canadian public opinion toward health policy. The authors use unique comparative survey data to explain how two broadly similar countries diverge in their views on health policy. Opponents of each country’s system work overtime to frame flaws with a striking difference: most Canadians favor their system while many Americans welcome reform closer to the Canadian single payer model."
—Lawrence R. Jacobs, Mondale Chair for Political Studies, University of Minnesota
Introduction 1. Health Care Opinion across Two Countries 2. The Evolution of Health Care Policy in the US and Canada 3. Satisfaction toward Health Care: Personal Attributes and Experience 4. Satisfaction toward Health Care: Values and Symbols 5. An Explanatory Model of Satisfaction about Health Care 6. Americans’ and Canadians’ Views of the Others’ Health Care System 7. An Explanatory Model of Opinion toward Health Care Reform Conclusion