To compare health care utilization between Canadian and U.S. residents.
Nationally representative 2007 surveys from the edical xpenditure anel urvey for the nited tates and the anadian ommunity ealth urvey for anada.
We use descriptive and multivariate methods to examine differences in health care utilization rates for visits to medical providers, nurses, chiropractors, specialists, dentists, and overnight hospital stays, usual source of care, ap smear tests, and mammograms.
The poor and less educated were more likely to utilize health care in anada than in the nited tates. The differences were especially pronounced for having a usual source of care and for visits to providers, specialists, and dentists. Health care use for residents with high incomes and higher levels of education were not markedly different between the two countries and often higher for U.S residents. Foreign‐born residents were more likely to use health care in anada than in the nited tates. The descriptive results were confirmed in multivariate regressions.
Given the magnitude of our results, the health insurance structure in anada might have played an important role in improving access to care for subpopulations examined in this study.