IN THIS ISSUE of THE JOURNAL, Bell and colleagues1
report a comparison of waiting times and charges for several well-defined
and commonly used health care services in acute care hospitals in Canada and
the United States. The authors conducted a telephone survey of 18 Canadian
and 48 US hospitals in cities having a population of more than 500000 and
inquired about the availability and cost to consumers for 7 diagnostic and
therapeutic procedures (prothrombin time measurement, 12-lead electrocardiography,
screening mammography, screening colonoscopy, magnetic resonance imaging of
the head, a session of hemodialysis, and total knee replacement surgery),
assuming that patients in both countries would be willing and able to pay
out-of-pocket for such services. The authors found that compared with Canadian
hospitals, US hospitals had significantly shorter median waiting times to
obtain 4 of these services and had significantly higher median charges for
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