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Imaginary 'European solution': European models of health-care reform are not the answer

The common assumption is that Europe shares a set of policies that can serve as models of more efficient, effective, and fairer health care financing and delivery. Yet none of these assumptions can be defended with reliable evidence.

NEW HAVEN, CONN.—A curious development has emerged in right-wing versions of medicare reform in both Canada and the United States: the embrace of European models of public health care financing and delivery. Who would have thought that the Fraser Institute would celebrate the universal health insurance mandates of Switzerland and The Netherlands or call for Canada to embrace cost-sharing and "regulated competition" between private and public insurers in Germany, France, and other EU nations?

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Imaginary 'European solution': European models of health-care reform are not the answer

The common assumption is that Europe shares a set of policies that can serve as models of more efficient, effective, and fairer health care financing and delivery. Yet none of these assumptions can be defended with reliable evidence.

NEW HAVEN, CONN.—A curious development has emerged in right-wing versions of medicare reform in both Canada and the United States: the embrace of European models of public health care financing and delivery. Who would have thought that the Fraser Institute would celebrate the universal health insurance mandates of Switzerland and The Netherlands or call for Canada to embrace cost-sharing and "regulated competition" between private and public insurers in Germany, France, and other EU nations?

  

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Monday, September 1, 2014
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Remembering Devon Jacobs Aug. 19, 2014

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Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

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Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

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Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

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Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

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