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How the Canadian health system works, and doesn't

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A nurse practitioner prepares a seasonal flu vaccination for a patient at a clinic Sept. 1, 2009 in Chicago.
M. Spencer Green | AP 2009

From the Humankind series, an exploration of the Canadian health care system, and what it might tell us about the best ways to change, or not change, our American health care system.

Canadian physician Danielle Martin says the Canadian system is very popular and effective, but there are some downsides. And some American policy-makers are considering a "public option" here.


Dr. Danielle Martin, physician and associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. Author of "Better Now."

Yale University political science professor Jacob Hacker, co-author of "American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper."

Produced for the Humankind series by David Freudberg, in association with WGBH/Boston.

To listen to the program, click the audio player above.