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Originally posted by Gorman91
reply to post by habfan1968
I wasn't aware that both government and private insurance existed in Canada. Can you explain how that works?
Originally posted by intrepid
It's not what it used to be but it's still pretty damn good. I had chest pains at work a few months ago and was admitted immediately and observed and tested all day. Stress test followed promptly. The ticker is fine.
Ouellette says wait times are the big worry to both patients and those in the medical communities -- doctors, nurses and therapists. "It is possible to have a universal system without significant wait times. This is the goal we want to achieve in the transformation we want to implement."
He says any talk of moving away from a 100 per cent universal system gets some people thinking we're on our way to a US system. However, he says we must forget the rhetoric and move on so we can make the necessary changes.
Originally posted by intrepid
Originally posted by Stormdancer777
reply to post by canuckistanian
How much is you income taxed for healthcare?
Health care is covered by the provincial sales tax. I believe it's 7%.
Funding for the insurance plans comes from the general revenues of the Canadian provinces/territories, assisted by transfer payments from the federal government through the Canada Health Transfer. Some provinces charge health care premiums, but these are in effect taxes (since they are not tied to service use, nor to provincial health expenditures). The system is accordingly classified by the OECD as a tax-supported system, as opposed to the social insurance approaches used in many European countries. en.wikipedia.org...
Health and Prescription Insurance Tax Ontario charges a tax on income for the health system. These amounts are collected through the income tax system, and do not determine eligibility for public health care. The Ontario Health Premium is an additional amount charged on an individual's income tax that ranges from $300 for people with $20,000 of taxable income to $900 for high income earners. Individuals with less than $20,000 in taxable income are exempt. Quebec also requires residents to obtain prescription insurance. When an individual does not have insurance, they must pay an income-derived premium. As these are income related, they are considered to be a tax on income under the law in Canada. Other provinces, such as British Columbia, charge premiums collected outside of the tax system for the provincial medicare systems. These are usually reduced or eliminated for low-income people. Alberta does not levy any taxes or premiums for its provincial medicare .
Comparison of taxes paid by a household earning the country's average wage (as of 2005)
Country Single no children Married 2 children
Canada 31.6% 21.5%
United States 29.1% 11.9%
United Kingdom 33.5% 27.1%