I am curious as to how many people on this board have watched Michael Moore's documentary 'Sicko'? While some of his data has been flagged as
questionable, the point is clearly that Universal Healthcare is not merely about cents and dollars, but raising the quality of life for everyone in
your country, equally.
It disturbs me greatly to see people disgusted with the fact that their tax dollars could go to help the less fortunate, while never considering the
fact that the ability to look after your nation's sick is not only necessary, but should be something worthy of taking pride in.
If you think that the morality of it is worthless, wouldn't it be at least notable to consider how great it would feel to know if you get sick, that
everything is taken care of and that no one will refuse you help. No forms to fill out, no cash exchanging hands... no worrying that your deductible
is going to ruin your well planned car payments on your shiny SUV.
I'm Canadian, and yes we pay taxes for Universal Healthcare. I wouldn't have it any other way. Nor would most of my countrymen, who have voted to
repeatedly smack down the greedy corporations who would introduce their privatized healthcare and detract for the public institution we've built.
Our government even takes responsibility to manage the health care system so that costs are significantly lower than what you pay in a free market
health care economy.
According to the Bloomberg report, your country is getting taken to the cleaner by your system. Here is just one example:
“Americans pay 83 percent more for heart-bypass surgery than Canadians, with no difference in outcome, because of higher medicine and labor
“The cost of medications used to treat bypass patients, including aspirin and the antibiotic ciprofloxacin, were as much as 68 percent greater in
the U.S. than in Canada.”
“The cost of a surgical bed was 36 percent greater in the U.S.”
While our system has its flaws, occasional wait times, and is occasionally targeted by statistics that crap on the quality of the service here, the
important thing remains that I've never been refused care. I’ve never had to forgo medication because I was broke and a student with a terrible
minimum wage job, or had to worry about getting sick. Nor has anyone else I know. As an added bonus, my elderly mother's heart disease and aunt's
cancer have never once threatened to bankrupt our family, or cost us our homes. There is a lot to be said for taxes being used to give peace of mind.