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Health Care Systems in Canada and Elsewhere brings together 12 studies that closely examine how to allocate society's limited resources to best protect, restore and promote the health of Canadians. This volume presents an international comparison of the health care systems in industrialized nations. Readers will learn how the Canadian health care system performs and how it fared in comparison to 23 other OECD countries between 1989 and 1993. Also among the papers in this volume is a study by the Centre for International Statistics that comparatively examines the relationship between various forms and levels of public expenditures and the health status of the population in each member nation of the OECD. This article raises two relevant questions: do the countries that spend the most on health care have higher life expectancies and lower infant mortality rates than other countries? What impact do other socio-economic factors such as income inequality or poverty levels have on health status? The studies in this volume also reveal the fundamental dimensions of the balance in the distribution of resources between the health sector and other sectors of the economy.
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