Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Monday, May 3, 2010

Canadians Healthier and Outliving Americans

A recent study in BioMed Central's online journal Population Health Metrics based on data from the 2002-03 Joint Canada/United States Survey of Health indicated that Canadian are healthier and outliving Americans. Mortality risk and the health-related quality of life (eg. free of disability) were also considered. According to the study a 19-year-old Canadian could expect to enjoy 2.7 more years of perfect health in comparison to 19-year-old in the US. Both mortality and morbidity or disease rates in Canada are lower than in the US. Two major potential explanations to the differences are:

  • Differences in access to care between the "prenatal to grave" health service offered in Canada with the non-universal American access typically through employee coverage or Medicaid or Medicare for those with low incomes and seniors.
  • The higher degree of social inequity  is more pronounced in the US particularly among seniors.


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