Phantoms in the Snow: Canadians Use of Health Care Services in the United States

Posted: 24 Jul 2002

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Steven J. Katz

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Internal Medicine

Karen Cardiff

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Centre for Health Services and Policy Research

Marina Pascali

Health Care Consultant

Morris L. Barer

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Centre for Health Services and Policy Research

Robert G. Evans

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Centre for Health Services and Policy Research

Abstract

To examine the extent to which Canadian residents seek medical care across the border, we collected data about Canadians' use of services from ambulatory care facilities and hospitals located in Michigan, New York State, and Washington State during 1994-1998. We also collected information from several Canadian sources, including the 1996 National Population Health Survey, the provincial Ministries of Health, and the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association. Results from these sources do not support the widespread perception that Canadian residents seek care extensively in the United States. Indeed, the numbers found are so small as to be barely detectible relative to the use of care by Canadians at home.

Keywords: health insurance, uninsured, Canada

JEL Classification: I10, I11, I18

Suggested Citation

Katz, Steven J. and Cardiff, Karen and Pascali, Marina and Barer, Morris L. and Evans, Robert G., Phantoms in the Snow: Canadians Use of Health Care Services in the United States. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=312626

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Marina Pascali

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Morris L. Barer

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Centre for Health Services and Policy Research ( email )

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Robert G. Evans

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Centre for Health Services and Policy Research ( email )

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