Canada has always seemed like a pretty civilized country to me. They certainly live longer, on average, than the average American.
Let's look at some other numbers:
- Circulatory disease deaths per 100,000:
United States: 265
- Child maltreatment deaths per 100,000:
United States: 2.2
- Digestive disease deaths per 100,000:
United States: 20.5
- Infant mortality rate per 1,000 live births:
United States: 6.3
- Intestinal diseases death rate:
United States: 7.3%
- Probability of not reaching age 60:
United States: 12.8%
- The U.S. spends more on health care than Canada, both on a per-capita basis and as a percentage of GDP. In 2006, per-capita spending for health care in the U.S. was US $6,714; in Canada, US $3,678. The U.S. spent 15.3% of GDP on health care in that year; Canada spent 10.0%.
- In 2006, 70% of health care spending in Canada was financed by government, versus 46% in the United States. Total government spending per-capita in the U.S. on health care was 23% higher than Canadian government spending, and U.S. government expenditure on health care was just under 83% of total Canadian spending (public and private).