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American Health Care System vs. Canada

Posted by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:43 AM
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Ok so, in my class (US) we are learning about American Health Care as compared to Canadian. Now, obviously most of the students in my class want to switch over to the universal health care program (obvious perks). But I cannot help but think there must be SOME drawbacks. So.... educate me :P

by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:43 AM
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danie24
by Ruby Member on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:49 AM
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I'm Canadian.. and couldn't imagine living in the US, having to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars a month for insurance that doesn't cover you for everything, leaving the hospital with a huge bill, or having to decide whether or not to take my sick kid to the ER or doctor because I just can't afford it.

Our taxes are slightly higher but we still spend less because we aren't shelling out thousands for insurance and co-pays.

Everyone is covered for everything.

And the long waits for procedures and tests is just media propaganda. The average American and Canadian have the same wait time for procedures and meeting specialists, etc.
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RiotousDigits
by Emerald Member on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:51 AM
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I'd love to be able to go to the doctor when I'm sick and not have to check my bank balance first.

I'd love to be able to look at healthcare options for my family and not have to ask "so, what will this cost me?"

LouieBoo
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Really? For example, I had a broken ankle and needed to see an orthopedic doctor. When I called, I was able to come in the NEXT day. So you would be able to do that in Canada then?

And I am with you with the crazy bills. For the same broken ankle, my insurance did not cover the CAST! A cast.... I was SO angry.

Quoting danie24:

I'm Canadian.. and couldn't imagine living in the US, having to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars a month for insurance that doesn't cover you for everything, leaving the hospital with a huge bill, or having to decide whether or not to take my sick kid to the ER or doctor because I just can't afford it.

Our taxes are slightly higher but we still spend less because we aren't shelling out thousands for insurance and co-pays.

Everyone is covered for everything.

And the long waits for procedures and tests is just media propaganda. The average American and Canadian have the same wait time for procedures and meeting specialists, etc.


MIA0223
by Emerald Member on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:54 AM
I agree.
We don't take as good care of ourselves because it's too expensive.
But I will say the American system is better than my husbands home country.
You have to pay in full before they do the care.


Quoting RiotousDigits:

I'd love to be able to go to the doctor when I'm sick and not have to check my bank balance first.

I'd love to be able to look at healthcare options for my family and not have to ask "so, what will this cost me?"


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LouieBoo
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Well I will say this: America spends more than ANY country in the world, and we are ranked 34th OVERALL. How insane is that? I mean where is that money going? 

RiotousDigits
by Emerald Member on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

That's how my current dental care is.  we have to pay up front for everything... and then they refuse to do anything additional until we pay first for that.

I took my kids in for a cleaning/exam and they wanted to do one of those panoramic xrays on ODD (she's going to need braces soon) and expected my to write out a check for $250 on the spot... after writing a $500 check just to get in to the office.  I couldn't, so we had to come back 2 weeks later.  and yes... we have dental coverage.  It obviously sucks.

Quoting MIA0223:

I agree.
We don't take as good care of ourselves because it's too expensive.
But I will say the American system is better than my husbands home country.
You have to pay in full before they do the care.


Quoting RiotousDigits:

I'd love to be able to go to the doctor when I'm sick and not have to check my bank balance first.

I'd love to be able to look at healthcare options for my family and not have to ask "so, what will this cost me?"



RiotousDigits
by Emerald Member on Apr. 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM
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that's because medicine is a BUSINESS in America.  it's all about the bottom line and making profit.  ETA:  this does not apply to the nurses and doctors (for the most part).  this is the hospital CEOs and admins.

in most other countries it's a human service that everyone has a right to.

Quoting LouieBoo:

Well I will say this: America spends more than ANY country in the world, and we are ranked 34th OVERALL. How insane is that? I mean where is that money going? 


LouieBoo
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM
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Then they wonder why so many are unpatriotic... 

Quoting RiotousDigits:

that's because medicine is a BUSINESS in America.  it's all about the bottom line and making profit.

in most other countries it's a human service that everyone has a right to.

Quoting LouieBoo:

Well I will say this: America spends more than ANY country in the world, and we are ranked 34th OVERALL. How insane is that? I mean where is that money going? 



danie24
by Ruby Member on Apr. 25, 2012 at 9:03 AM
Yep, you'd be able to do that in Canada. Some things take longer than others depending on the province you live in.

Quoting LouieBoo:

Really? For example, I had a broken ankle and needed to see an orthopedic doctor. When I called, I was able to come in the NEXT day. So you would be able to do that in Canada then?

And I am with you with the crazy bills. For the same broken ankle, my insurance did not cover the CAST! A cast.... I was SO angry.


Quoting danie24:

I'm Canadian.. and couldn't imagine living in the US, having to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars a month for insurance that doesn't cover you for everything, leaving the hospital with a huge bill, or having to decide whether or not to take my sick kid to the ER or doctor because I just can't afford it.



Our taxes are slightly higher but we still spend less because we aren't shelling out thousands for insurance and co-pays.



Everyone is covered for everything.



And the long waits for procedures and tests is just media propaganda. The average American and Canadian have the same wait time for procedures and meeting specialists, etc.


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stephanie647
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 9:04 AM
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In canada if you had brokn ur ankle you'd be seen same day.
And all follow up care would be scheduled accordingly.
This silliness with long wait times is propaganda.
We have the same as the states. And we don't have this "county hospital" business. You have the same standard of care no matter where you go.
Certain hospitals do have specialists, and if you are in need of them, you will be transported, free of charge to provide the best care possible.
Everyone has the RIGHT to health.


Quoting LouieBoo:

Really? For example, I had a broken ankle and needed to see an orthopedic doctor. When I called, I was able to come in the NEXT day. So you would be able to do that in Canada then?

And I am with you with the crazy bills. For the same broken ankle, my insurance did not cover the CAST! A cast.... I was SO angry.


Quoting danie24:

I'm Canadian.. and couldn't imagine living in the US, having to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars a month for insurance that doesn't cover you for everything, leaving the hospital with a huge bill, or having to decide whether or not to take my sick kid to the ER or doctor because I just can't afford it.



Our taxes are slightly higher but we still spend less because we aren't shelling out thousands for insurance and co-pays.



Everyone is covered for everything.



And the long waits for procedures and tests is just media propaganda. The average American and Canadian have the same wait time for procedures and meeting specialists, etc.


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