IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this article

Comparing Health of People with Heart Disease in the United States and Canada

Listed author(s):
  • Pozen Alexis J


    (University of California, Berkeley)

  • Cutler David M


    (Harvard University)

Registered author(s):

    Background: Heart disease is among the leading causes of death in the U.S. and Canada. Despite the U.S.'s higher spending on health care, it is unclear whether persons with heart disease fare better in one country or the other.Methods: To evaluate and compare the health of people aged 45 and older in the U.S. and Canada, we drew upon the Joint Canada-U.S. Survey of Health (JCUSH), a random telephone interview conducted from 2002 to 2003. We used self-reported fair or poor health, disability, and functional impairment as dependent variables in logistic regressions, which controlled for demographic variables and other risk factors.Results: Adjusting for covariates, Canadian respondents with heart disease reported better health as measured by disability, but there was no difference for functional impairment or self-reported fair or poor health. The odds ratios (Canada:U.S.) were 1.10 (p=0.69) for fair or poor health, 0.56 (p=0.06) for disability, and 0.78 (p=0.32) for functional impairment.Conclusions: Our results indicate that people with heart disease are in better health in Canada as measured by disability, but there is no difference for overall self-reported health or functional impairment. Further research must be done to determine the cause of outcomes differences among heart disease patients.

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: For access to full text, subscription to the journal or payment for the individual article is required.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.

    Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Forum for Health Economics & Policy.

    Volume (Year): 12 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 (September)
    Pages: 1-15

    in new window

    Handle: RePEc:bpj:fhecpo:v:12:y:2009:i:2:n:7
    Contact details of provider: Web page:

    Order Information: Web:

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:bpj:fhecpo:v:12:y:2009:i:2:n:7. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Peter Golla)

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.