reply to post by ElectricUniverse
Sorry for the late reply, we had a terrible storm down here in Florida and I was without internet for a few days.
Regardless, you can browse the internet all day long and find 100 such sites that denounce Canadian healthcare, usually written by an American who's
cherrypicking facts and examples to make his case.
Do yourself a favor and ask real Canadians
what they think of their healthcare. You will find most will attest to quite the opposite of what
you have posted.
Check out this link, it is completely neutral (wiki), and might open your eyes a bit.
Canadian and American health care systems compared
a few quotes from that source, in case you don't feel like checking it out for yourself (ignorance is never an excuse).
Through all entities in its public-private system, the U.S. spends more per capita than any other nation in the world, but is the only wealthy
industrialized country in the world that lacks some form of universal health care.
A peer-reviewed comparison study of health care access in the two countries published in 2006 concluded that U.S. residents are one third less likely
to have a regular medical doctor, one fourth more likely to have unmet health care needs, and are more than twice as likely to forgo needed
medicines. The study noted that access problems "were particularly dire for the US uninsured." Those who lack insurance in the U.S. were much
less satisfied, less likely to have seen a doctor, and more likely to have been unable to receive desired care than both Canadians and insured
Health care is one of the most expensive items of both nations’ budgets. In the United States, the various levels of government spend more per
capita on health care than levels of government do in Canada. In 2004, Canada government-spending was $2,120 (in US dollars) per person on health
care, while the United States government-spending $2,724. However, U.S. government-spending covers less than half of all health care costs.
Private spending for health care is also far greater in the U.S. than in Canada. In Canada, an average of $917 was spent annually by individuals or
private insurance companies for health care, including dental, eye care, and drugs. In the U.S., this sum is $3,372. In 2006, health care consumed
15.3% of U.S. annual GDP. In Canada, only 10% of GDP was spent on health care.
You should also check out this link. You may find it a bit biased, as it was in fact written by a Canadian citizen and is therefore highly favorable
of that system. However, keeping that in mind the article relates exclusively factual information.
Mythbusting Canadian Health Care
Food for thought:
Canada's health care system is "socialized medicine." False. In socialized medical systems, the doctors work directly for the state. In Canada (and
many other countries with universal care), doctors run their own private practices, just like they do in the US. The only difference is that every
doctor deals with one insurer, instead of 150. And that insurer is the provincial government, which is accountable to the legislature and the voters
if the quality of coverage is allowed to slide. The proper term for this is "single-payer insurance." In talking to Americans about it, the better
phrase is "Medicare for all."
You don't get to choose your own doctor. Scurrilously False. Somebody, somewhere, is getting paid a lot of money to make this kind of stuff up. The
cons love to scare the kids with stories about the government picking your doctor for you, and you don't get a choice. Be afraid! Be very afraid!
For the record: Canadians pick their own doctors, just like Americans do. And not only that: since it all pays the same, poor Canadians have exactly
the same access to the country's top specialists that rich ones do.
Publicly-funded programs will inevitably lead to rationed health care, particularly for the elderly. False. And bogglingly so. The papers would have a
field day if there was the barest hint that this might be true. One of the things that constantly amazes me here is how well-cared-for the elderly
and disabled you see on the streets here are. No, these people are not being thrown out on the curb. In fact, they live longer, healthier, and more
productive lives because they're getting a constant level of care that ensures small things get treated before they become big problems. The health
care system also makes it easier on their caregiving adult children, who have more time to look in on Mom and take her on outings because they aren't
working 60-hour weeks trying to hold onto a job that gives them insurance.
And finally, another article to glance over. Again written by a Canadian, but this one is a former Canadian who has lived in the U.S. for 17 years.
You might find this interesting, and eye-opening to say the least.
Debunking Canadian health care myths
When it comes down to it, there really is no rational argument
against reforming our healthcare system into a single-payer system. If you
currently pay for health care now, you will end up paying less. Your taxes will go up, but you will no longer have to pay private insurance. If you
don't currently pay for health care, you will see an increase in taxes (proportional to what you earn, of course), but you will be able to see the
doctor when you need to.
Americans who would rather pay more
to private insurance, while their neighbors die in squalor, don't belong in a civilized society. The very
essence of society is that we lend a helping hand to those who need it, when they need it. I am by no means poor, nor did I grow up in a poor family.
We have always had very good private insurance, and I have never had to worry about whether or not I will be covered when I need to see the doctor.
However, the very fact that there are American citizens who do
have to worry about that sort of thing sickens me. I would be more than happy to
pay 10% higher taxes, and no longer pay the insurance companies, to guarantee my neighbors health care in their time of need. That is the American
Pay less money, save more lives. How could anyone possibly
have a problem with that?