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Starting up? Here's where to begin when getting health insurance for yourself and your employees.

This story appears in the May 2005 issue of Start Up.

Q: I want to start a business. What do I do about health insurance?

A: Due to the cost and difficulty of obtaining health insurance in the United States, tens of thousands of people are hesitant about starting their own businesses. This, in turn, prevents innovation and economic growth. According to Statistics Canada, Canada's central statistic agency, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most significant reason that a higher percentage of Canadians are self-employed than Americans is that all Canadian residents are entitled to public health insurance coverage.

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