i am Australian. i have universal health care. i choose my doctor, i go when ever i am sick. i do not have to wait. no one tells me which doctor to see, or who i cannot see. if i need to see a specialist i see one. i get treated when i need to be. i do not have to pay-though i have the option to have private insurance
i see such a lot of controversy about universal health care, and i am baffled as to why it is an issue of such controversy. why do 'they' say the government will tell individuals who or when they can see a doctor. i can understand individuals dont want the gov. to have undue input into their lives, but coming from a system which has free health care, but i cannot see why some people think that the gov. would have any input at all.
can someone explain why it would be different in the US? i dont want to start any arguments-i understand this is a hot issue right now, i just am confused as to WHY it is
One reason many of us aren't interested in government taking the reigns on health care is because they don't run ANY (and I really mean ANY) program efficiently. This will simply be more of the same. Lots of money running through their hands and less getting to the care of the people.
The second reason is, oh, and this is really interesting, that we are flat broke. Broke. As in no money at all, everything we spend is borrowed and must be paid back by future generations that aren't even born yet. The amount of money it would cost to give healthcare to every one of our citizens is just not fiscally possible. Great for countries that have smaller populations and if it works for them, again, good for them. But the states in the US that have health care like this are experiencing their own setbacks due to their UHC, so following suit doesn't make a lot of sense.
Answer by QuinnMae at 8:53 AM on Jun. 10, 2009
Answer by MomNbabyGirl009 at 5:45 AM on Jun. 10, 2009
First of all, I understand that Australia is phasing our their national health care system.
Secondly, Australia has about a TENTH of the residents the USA has (not counting the MILLIONS of illegals who will also benefit from UHC)
Third, our country is BROKE! Thanks to Obama and half of this country's residents who do not pay income taxes to support government spending.
Fourth, we ALREADY have healthcare programs for low to no income residents--Medicare/Medicaid and free health clinics for those who need them.
The bottom line, is you get what you pay for!
Answer by LoriKeet at 6:37 AM on Jun. 10, 2009
I'm Canadian and British and have had universal health care all my life. I would never live in a country that didn't have it.
I think the American government and insurance companies have been feeding Americans propaganda regarding UHC because they don't want it. Having said all that, I don't think a system like we have would work in the US. The population is too large to be cost effective.
Answer by beeky at 7:23 AM on Jun. 10, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 7:26 AM on Jun. 10, 2009
Answer by LoriKeet at 7:30 AM on Jun. 10, 2009
Answer by katiemum at 7:31 AM on Jun. 10, 2009
Answer by katiemum at 7:35 AM on Jun. 10, 2009
Answer by LoriKeet at 7:47 AM on Jun. 10, 2009
I cannot understand your dependence on your government, What dependence would that be? Apart from the normal dependence that our government keeps our country operating *cough* smoothly and prevents us from plunging into anarchy.
If you've never experienced our freedoms and capitalistic society Actually I have! Neither Canada or Britain are under-developed countries and we have all the same basic rights and privileges that you do.
Answer by beeky at 7:49 AM on Jun. 10, 2009