Will US Health Reform be Bad for Canada?

An article in the (Canadian) National Post worries that Obama’s health proposal will lure doctors from Canada.  After Massachusetts passed its universal mandate, it found that it didn’t have enough physicians to meet the demand. Higher pay in the United States might entice Canadian physicians to travel South in search of better compensation or working conditions.  The United States already relies on foreign-trained physicians for one-quarter of its residency slots.

Hat tip to the Wall Street Journal blog.

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  1. Joe S. says:

    What the National Post doesn’t understand is that universal care advocates plan to pay for their plan by squeezing the providers — ultimately paying no more than Canadian physicians are paid.

    The single payer advocates are very explicit about this.

  2. Bruce says:

    I think Canada is also using a lot of foreign medical school graduates.

  3. Bart says:

    Someone has to take care of the Canadian patients coming here–why not Canadian physicians?