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Canada has one of the most expensive universal health-care systems in the world, yet on indicator after indicator, we’re not getting good value for our money.

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As is often the case in U.S. politics—though normally on the Democratic side of the aisle—Canada’s health care system was raised as a functioning alternative to the American model. Specifically, GOP front-runner Donald Trump described Canada’s health care system as working just fine.

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Those opposed to market-based health care reform do their best to scare Canadians, suggesting that the introduction of private competition will lead to longer wait times, higher costs, and poorer quality, particularly for lower-income individuals and families. Reality, however, is considerably different. International experience suggests that private competition is a fundamental feature of a high-performing, universal access health care system.