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Pile of paperwork The study concluded that private insurers were responsible for most of the administrative cost increase between 1999 and 2017, (Photo: Shutterstock)

The adoption by Canada of a single-payer system some 50 years ago has resulted in lower health care administration costs for our northern neighbor, compared to those in the U.S.

According to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, although both countries were comparable in the number of personnel working in administration, with Canada at 40.8 workers per 10,000 people compared with 43.8 workers per 10,000 in the U.S., by 2017 those numbers had diverged to the point that in the U.S. it stood at 129.7 people per 10,000 population, compared with just 88.9 in Canada.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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