For your first essay, you will write a five-paragraph essay of 500 words answering the following question:

In what ways do the healthcare systems of Canada and the United States differ?

You need to contrast three different aspects of the Canadian and American healthcare systems with each area of contrast representing a body paragraph of your essay. What are some possible points of contrast you could focus on? Brainstorm ideas with a partner or group.

Steps to writing the essay:

Step One: Research

You will need to use the sources provided below to find information, facts, and details that support the points you are making in your essay. Your final essay must have at least four sources taken from those listed below but cannot include more than six. This first step involves you reading the information in each web source and taking notes on each. You may find up to two additional websites on your own, but these must be articles of at least 500 words or more and cannot be summaries or sites such as Wikipedia.


  1. Los Angeles Times
  2. The Commonwealth Fund—Canada
  3. The Commonwealth Fund—US
  4. Government of Canada
  5. Journal of Health Care Finance
  6. Mater Sociomed
  7. Department for Professional Employees
  8. Center for American Progress
  9. Health Affairs a
  10. Health Affairs b
  11. student choice
  12. student choice

Step Two: Outline

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