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MAPI ANALYSIS CONCLUDES THAT CANADIAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS WRONG APPROACH FOR U.S. REFORM, OUTLINES BETTER ALTERNATIVES

MAPI ANALYSIS CONCLUDES THAT CANADIAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS WRONG
 APPROACH FOR U.S. REFORM, OUTLINES BETTER ALTERNATIVES
 WASHINGTON, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Manufacturers' Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) today released a report on the Canadian health care system which says that "(i)n Canada, success in containing expenditures has come at the substantial cost of limits on the availability of technology, the utilization of services and the intensity of care." MAPI believes such limits on access to care would be unacceptable in the United States.
 MAPI affirms that a single-payer, publicly financed insurance arrangement such as the Canadian system could save money if adopted in the United States. But it warns that "such a change would serve merely to 'ratchet down' spending without stemming the large and expanding growth rate in U.S. health care costs, unless other cost- saving measures are implemented." MAPI maintains that "(n)o country can afford to buy all the 'best' health care for all of its citizens" and has long held that the access, quality and cost problems of the U.S. health care system must be addressed simultaneously.
 "Canadian Health Care: Is It the Right Approach for U.S. Reform? If Not, Are There Better Alternatives?" describes how the Canadian system works, looks at the mechanisms it uses to contain costs, assesses its strengths and weaknesses and analyzes how well it would "fit" in the United States. If national policy makers opt for a Canadian-style insurance system, MAPI contends that a number of additional changes would be needed to assure a long-term solution to U.S. health care woes and discusses them in the report.
 MAPI says it is "time to take steps to reform the U.S. health care system, which is the costliest in the world yet results in no better outcomes and fails to provide insurance coverage to some 35 million Americans." Whether a comprehensive reform of the U.S. health care system is undertaken or changes of an incremental nature are the vehicle, MAPI urges policy makers to consider the entire range of available options in order to craft a package that achieves a responsible balance among quality, access and cost goals.
 Single copies of "Canadian Health Care: Is It the Right Approach for U.S. Reform? If Not, Are There Better Alternatives?" are available at $10 for MAPI member company executives and $15 for all other purchasers. Contact MAPI, 1200 18th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036; 202-331-8430.
 MAPI, the Manufacturers' Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, is a policy research organization with approximately 500 member companies including leading producers in heavy industry, automotive, electronics, precision instruments, telecommunications, computers, chemicals, oil and gas, aerospace and other high- technology industries.
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