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ISBN: 9781552770009-11

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Market-based Health Care in the United States and its Lessons for Canada

From: Medicare


Analyzes the market-based health care system in the US and what Canada can learn from it. Concludes that The US experience has shown the world that, when you allow investor-owned for-profit businesses to become an important part of your health care system, you end up with the disaster we are now struggling to control.



Arnold S. Relman

Arnold S. Relman is currently professor emeritus of medicine and social medicine at the Harvard Medical School and senior physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He was editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine from 1977 to 1991 and before that was chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine. Dr. Relman is a board certified internist, a master of the American College of Physicians, and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a senior member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. His most recent book, Second Opinion: Rescuing American Health Care (Public Affairs, 2007), includes a chapter comparing the US and Canadian health care systems.