Americans are in general a self-satisfied lot when they compare the strengths and accomplishments of their native land to those of other countries -- except when it comes to healthcare, and then Canada gets a higher rating, according to a recent poll by Harris Interactive.
When the online surveyors asked 2,242 adults in which countries "you feel very positive about the healthcare system," our neighbor to the north -- which has universal coverage and drug prices that have drawn bus loads of Americans on prescription-shopping trips -- received a "very positive" response from 49% of U.S. residents surveyed.
In comparison, the U.S. healthcare system generated a very positive response from just 34% of those surveyed, while the number for Great Britain was 28% and Germany 16%.
The poll was taken July 12-16. -- by Joseph Conn