posted on Nov, 14 2009 @ 07:42 PM
Well since nobody seems to have the gull to touch this one, allow me.
Being married to a doctor who owns his own practice and does the emergency circuit in CANADA, I perhaps can shed some light on your "horrible
American Thinking" as you put it.
We KNOW it's not free. Let me just say that. We have these things called taxes and we pay them. Funny enough, we pay less taxes than you do and we
somehow still manage to not pay a dime out of pocket for health care, but anyway.
Secondly, yes the waits are long, but let's look at the real issue here. Money.
Now, my sister lives in Wisconsin and has a mediocre health care plan through an HMO I believe. Her son broke his foot last year, with all the
visits, it cost her 5 thousand to get him a cast and healed up.
Now let's say she was living in Canada. The kid would wait perhaps a few hours depending on where he lived, obviously metropolitan areas have longer
waits (think free clinic states side) but we live in an area with a population of about 250k. Now after the wait, he gets treated he comes home, gets
a lollipop and I my sister, would NOT have gotten a bill.
Now I am not saying the system is perfect, no system is. It's flawed. Do we have doctor's leaving? Yes, but they are foreign doctors who come here
to study and then go off to make millions in America since prices are ridiculous.
I don't know what they have to complain about. All in all my husband takes in almost half a million a year before taxes. As far as Unions go, well
you ask any health professional or teacher who isn't in a union and they will tell you they wish they were.
Either way, Canadian healthcare is better than NO healthcare, which is what you all currently have so forgive us for saying that we are better off
than you. Currently we are.
Sure I got to the states and pay through the roof and get the best of the best, but I don't really need the best of the best. We will settle with
good. So long as it gets the job done.
Ohh and my son has a severe Immune Defficiency, and without my horrible Canadian Health Care program, I would be paying along the lines of 50k a year
in medication and treatment alone.
[edit on 11/14/2009 by tothetenthpower]