I can honestly say that all of my personal encounters with the US health care system and those in my immediate family have been positive. Sooooooooooo…by the same measure mentioned by the Canadians above the US health care system is just plumb fine and dandy and in need of no criticism or changing.
I’m assuming you have health insurance though. You have not had a family member denied coverage on the basis of PEC. You have not had to visit an emergency room when a condition that could have been easily treated at a doctor’s office becomes an actual emergency because you didn’t have a way to pay for that doctor’s visit.
The problems with the American health care system are unlike the horror stories being distributed by certain conservative media outlets in that they are widespread and well documented.
Please tell me you were able to find the humor in people from Iowa and Tennessee telling Canadians about how awful Canadian health care is. Just goes to show that Rush Limbaugh and Fox News are the ultimate authority on all things.
I’ve had health care with and without health insurance and used to work in the industry back in the 90s.
I have Canadian friends who have had good experiences with their system. I also know beyond a shadow of a doubt that many Canucks come south of the border for treatment. NO ONE drives, flies, rides a donkey, snowmobiles, hang glides, skateboards or walks north of the border to get care.
My original point is if Canadians can say, “I’ve had no problem with my health care system so everybody quit rippin’ on it,” then I can say the same about the American system. The facts are that both systems have their problems but only ONE nation’s citizens seek care in the other country. And that is telling, my friend. That one salient point packs quite a wallop.[/quote]
And I know of an American couple who moved to Oslo for a year in order to have their child. People travel to the US for care because the US is a center of medical research and experimental treatment options are more easily obtained here. The overall quality of care in the United States is actually remarkably low when compared to other nations…even those with socialized health care.
What do you guys think of the notion of eliminating health insurance entirely. That way, neither government nor corporate bureaucrats have any say in my health care because I’m the only one footing the bill. I seem to remember seeing some projections that suggest that eliminating health insurance altogether would actually lower the average amount of money spent on healthcare. I can’t find the reference as it was something presented in one of my classes several semester ago, but its an interesting idea.