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To ascertain whether methodological differences in data collection between the two surveys may contribute to differences in our estimates, we resort to the JCUSH, which consistently and systematically interviewed respondents in the United States and Canada.
We demonstrate that responses to questions that are conceptually similar between the two surveys (the MEPS and the CCHS) are also similar to those found in the JCUSH, which was administered in both countries at the same time.
Data came from the 2002 to 2003 JCUSH, a unique survey that represents the first--and thus far only--attempt to conduct multicountry comparisons, using a single questionnaire to collect health-related information and a standardized methodology across countries (Sanmartin et al.
Although data limitations in the JCUSH prevented us from comparing immigrant composition across countries, Census data show that the United States receives more Hispanic immigrants than Canada, which receives a greater proportion of Asian immigrants (Passel and Suro 2005; Citizenship and Immigration Canada 2007; Terrazas et al.
First, due to the lack of availability in the JCUSH dataset, some important determinants were not included in the analyses, including citizenship, length of stay, language proficiency, country/region of origin, and health beliefs.
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