Parting at the Crossroads: The Development of Health Insurance in Canada and the United States, 1940-1965 Author(s): Antonia Maioni Source: Comparative Politics, Vol. 29, No. 4 (Jul., 1997), pp. 411-431 Published by: Ph.D. Program in Political Science of the City University of New York Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/422012 . Accessed: 12/10/2013 14:05
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Parting at the Crossroads
The Development of Health Insurance in Canada and the United States, 1940-1965
Frequentlyraised in recent discussions abouthealth care reformin the United States has been the model of the Canadianhealth insurancesystem.' While debates about health insurance often turn into polemical battles over which country offers the "best" health care for its citizens, the issues at stake raise a fundamentalquestion. Why did these two neighbors develop different forms of health insurance, a health care in Canada and a dual-tiered universal system of government-financed of Medicare and Medicaid targeted at the elderly and poor in the United system States? The contrast is even more significant when we consider that these two countries, generally classified as...