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Harris: U.S. Residents Prefer Canadian Health System

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NU Online News Service, Sept. 1, 2004, 3:25 p.m. EDT

Many U.S. residents are more positive about the Canadian health care system than they are about the U.S. health care system.[@@]

Only 34% of the 2,242 U.S. residents surveyed said they were “very positive” about the U.S. system, but 49% said they were very positive about the Canadian system, according to a survey report released by Harris Interactive Inc., Rochester, N.Y.

Harris surveyed the participants through the Web in July.

The government-run United Kingdom health care system has been getting bad press in the United Kingdom in recent months, with some public health experts blaming funding shortages for outbreaks of antibiotic resistant staph infections in U.K. hospitals. But, in the Harris survey, the U.K. system came in third in popularity, with 28% of survey participants saying they were very positive about the system.

Only 4% of the participants were very positive about the Chinese health care system, and only 2% had very positive feelings about the Russian system.

The survey participants were happy about all other aspects of U.S. life included in the survey, and 77% were very positive about the overall quality of life in the United States.