Health-care system difference could be factor in Canadian cystic fibrosis patient survival rate

(CP) - It appears Canadians with cystic fibrosis have a median lifespan 10 years longer than their U-S counterparts, and researchers say there could be several reasons for this.

Canadian C-F patients were put on a high-fat diet in the late 1970s that improved overall survival, a regimen the U-S didn't adopt until about 10 years later.

Differences health-care systems may also play a role, as Canadian C-F patients with access to universal health care were 77 per cent less likely to die than American sufferers who did not have health insurance.