I think the revised figure may not apply in Canada but it is probably in the reality for a number of reasons. First of course, is the lower quality of health care.
What? N79969, is that why Canadians live longer and we have a lower infant mortality rate even though our government spends less per capita on health care then the US? The fact that we have universal access alone tilts the scales. The WHO ranks our health care system higher than the US so unless you have a more authritative source (No...Pat Buchanan doesn't count) then your statment is wrong.
The fact that Canada has more cases and more deaths due to SARS has little to do with our health care system overall and mostly to do with the nature of this bug. It spreads very easily and it was introduced earlier than many other nations. We have a rather large new oriental population especially on the west coast, that travel back and forth to some of the affected areas.
Unfortunately, I don't think our health officials acted quickly enough and continue to downplay the threat in an effort to minimize the economic impact. I fear that if they don't soon change their stance, it will get worse.