reply to post by David9176
Yet I pay "nothing" for the coverage for myself, my daughter or my husband up here. Not because we're poor or unable to afford it (well, we are,
but that's beside the point)- but because the province provides it to us.
Mother in law gets it for "free", even though she makes six figures a year. her husband gets it. Father in law gets it. His Grandparents get it.
We pay taxes, not hefty once-monthly bills. Frankly, I like it that way.
When I moved up here from the states 7 years ago, I really worried about the healthcare. I was confused because of the BS that was fed to me in the
states about "The Evils Of Universal Healthcare".
Would I have a bad doctor? A doctor that cared? Would I get proper medical treatment? If I went to the hospital, would I bleed to death before I saw a
doctor? What if I had cancer? Oh, you know those cancer patients, they're just told they're gonna die and the treatment is minimal and too late!
In the time I've been here, I've been to the emerg four times. I've had three stays in the hospital- two of those for more than three days. I've
been in my family doctors' office hundreds of times. (Just to squelch this stupid rumour- we do get to choose our doctors, thanks.) I've given
birth. I've gotten therapy.
I've paid for nothing but my taxes in all this time, save for the $100 for an ambulance I called for the night I mis-carried.
$100 in seven years.
I'll take that over the small mountain of medical debt I had when I left the US, thank you muchly.
Taxes? I'll take my 7.5-13.5% taxes (depending on your province) on my day-to-day items any time, over a monthly bill PLUS taxes.
If this was how Canada got their Universal health care, then you'll have to forgive me for being grateful to the sneaky bastard that slid it in
It's a shame it's not the SAME sneaky bastard doin' it in the us. This bill's full of so many loops it looks like a bad sweater.