Most Americans dismiss the Canadian health system as socialistic, with visions of people waiting in lines to receive care or never getting care at all. The reality is that the two systems are not as different as you may want to believe. If you set aside the financial models, open market v publicly funded, you will find that these neighbors share many of the same challenges.
As the CEO of a healthcare technology services company operating on both sides of the border, I have seen these similarities and differences up close. A few observations stand out:
So, why is it that Americans and Canadians are adamant about not wanting each other’s healthcare systems? We have more in common than we think.