Op-Ed: Two Medical Systems, Two Pandemic Responses

A patient arriving by ambulance at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Steven Senne/Associated Press

Date Published: May 1, 2020

Source: The New York Times

Professor Peter Berman, a professor of global health who previously taught at Harvard and is now at the University of British Columbia, offers a comparison between the healthcare system designs and COVID-19 responses of Canada and the USA. Though there are similarities in the level of resources, he believes that British Columbia’s lower case numbers are influenced by the funding and management of hospitals in Canada. He states that public health authorities have a greater level of control over hospitals whereas in the USA, that level of authority is not present in largely private hospitals. Moreover, he says that private hospitals have more incentive to fill beds due to financial causes. On the other hand, Canadian hospitals receive fixed funding which allows for empty beds to be ready for COVID-19 cases without financial stress. 

Read the full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/01/world/canada/america-canada-coronavirus-comparison.html?auth=login-google1tap&login=google1tap

Summary by: Grace Xu