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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Canadian Doctors Leave U.S.

Matthew Holt of the HealthCareBlog reports on an interesting trend - Canadian doctors are returning to Canada.  He makes some interesting points about what this might mean about the single-payer system and our current health care system.  He states,

Well now we have more actual statistics and real data that shows that more Canadian doctors are heading back to Canada than are leaving -- and this was in 2004 when hockey was on strike so there was no real reason to go to Canada! The numbers are:

Canada has seen more doctors returning than leaving for the first time in 30 years, a report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) shows. The report, released Wednesday, says that between 2000 and 2004,the number of physicians leaving Canada declined by 38 percent. In 2004, 317 physicians returned to Canada and 262 left. That was a drop from 2000, when 420 doctors left the country and a significant decrease from the peak of 771 physicians who moved abroad in 1994.

I'm looking forward to the barrage of articles from the know-it all alleged "free-market" crowd who get spoon-fed rubbish by Frasier, PRI, Manhattan et al offering their apologies to the Canadians and admitting that their system is better than the one down here.  After all the alleged rush of Canadian doctors to the US was absolute proof in their mind that the reverse was true.

Thanks to Ezra Klein for this website.  Ezra also has some interesting comments on the data if you are interested.  Just click on the link. [bm]

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