I think you'll find that many of us with universal health-care would overthrow our governments before we allowed them to dismantle our system.
Originally posted by Diseria
- How much higher are the taxes?
- Do you feel that the taxes are worth the services received?
- Do doctors have the freedom to go where they please?
- Are the doctors up to snuff? (As another member pointed out, gov'ts cut corners...)
- What happens when you're "unhealthy"? / Is 'being healthy' enforced?
Taxes - they aren't as bad as most would think. At my income level (not a full year, so I don't get bumped up a bracket), I will pay 15.5% federal
and 5.7% provincial for a grand total of 21.2% of my income going to Revenue Canada. If I were in the next tax bracket, I would pay somewhere around
Services received - I see the benefits of my tax dollars every time I go to the doctor or emergency room and I don't get a bill.
Of all the
things my government wastes money on, health-care is one of the few things I have no problem with.
Doctors - Doctors can practice wherever they please, but they will receive incentives to move to smaller or northern communities. Nobody forces the
doctors to do anything they don't want due to (most) Canadians love of our program. If our government makes the doctors mad, they make everybody
mad. The doctors are just as good as those you'll find in the US - if they weren't, we wouldn't have such a problem with poaching.
I am also
free to visit any doctor I like, while I've been told by US members that some HMO's in the US require you to visit doctors on their 'approved'
Enforced healthiness - I have no idea where that comes from, aside of the 'better dead than red' school of thinking.
How can you force
people to be healthy? There are two things my doctor will say to me every time I visit - I should quit smoking and I should exercise more. The key
word in that sentence is should
, not must
There is some truth to the assertions that we don't have as much fancy equipment as most US hospitals will have. In major cities, we've got all the
latest gadgets, but those in smaller towns will have to travel for service and most likely wait. We do have the option of paying for it privately and
then claiming it back on our income taxes as a medical expense.
As a final clarification, Canada does not have a universal health-care system. Each province has it's own single-payer system which it is free to
manage however it wants, as long as it falls within the standards of the Canadian Health Act. For example, I believe AD is the proud owner of an OHIP
(Ontario Health Insurance Plan) card while I have a Care Card issued by BC MSP (British Columbia Medical Services Plan).
[edit on 7-9-2007 by Duzey]