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A nursing station at Toronto East General Hospital.
A nursing station at Toronto East General Hospital.
(TIM FRASER FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

How Canada’s health-care system stacks up against other countries

“Comparison is the death of joy,” said author Mark Twain.

Yet, no matter how joyless it leaves us, we love to compare ourselves to others, to revel in our strengths and bemoan our weaknesses.

Nowhere is that more so than in health care.

And, each year, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development provides the ultimate tool for painful self-reflection in the form of Health At A Glance.