Adjusted for differences in purchasing power and practice expenses, Canadian physician fees are, on average, 59 percent of
Medicare fees. The general perception that Medicare fees are low is the result of comparison with U.S. private fees, not to
the much lower Canadian fees. In the context of the current U.S. health care system, lowering Medicare fees to Canadian levels
could jeopardize access to care by Medicare beneficiaries. However, if all payers used the same fee schedule, fees that differed
substantially from those currently used by private insurers might be viable.
Canada : Comparative Study : Cost Control/economics : Data Collection : Fee Schedules/economics : Fees, Medical/classification/standards
: Income/statistics & numerical data : Insurance, Physician Services/economics : Medical Records/classification : Medicare
Part B/economics : National Health Programs/economics : Rate Setting and Review/standards : Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
: United States