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Universal health in Canada


As you all may know, the U.S is going to start its Universal Healthcare program. As a mom in the healthcare industry this is a source of anxiety for me. Of course I'm thinking solely using common sense applied to our current system. I was wondering how the ladies in Canada feel about your system and any details (taxes you pay for it, wait times for care, etc.)
Jan 22, 2013 @ 08:21 pm

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Although wait times and taxes can be insane, I really do appreciate our Health Care system.
Jan 23, 2013 @ 09:01 am

I <3 Healthcare

While I'm fortunate to not need to use our healthcare system very often, I have a lot of family members that have been extremely sick and wouldn't have been able to afford the treatment they got without it. Some of my relatives in the states have not been so lucky!
Jan 23, 2013 @ 09:52 am


I don't know how much income tax and just tax in general is paid in the US per person, but in my opinion taxes are pretty high in Canada. Having said that, I don't grudge when my tax money goes towards improving our healthcare at all.

There's a quote and I can't remember who it's by but it goes something like "The measure of society is how it treats its weakest members". I don't grudge tax dollars going towards helping the sick.

We have a long emergency wait time, but it's free, and therefore equally available to everyone.

The only thing, if anything, I would think of changing here in regards to healthcare is how tough it is to become a doctor here. It's a bit ridiculous how hard it is to get into med school. I have several friends who had to go to extreme measures to get accepted into med school here. One went to Africa and built a hut type school there, another did something similar in Afganistan, etc. According to them it's just not enough to have high grades, they need to show extra curricular humanitarian activities as well. Crazy. We need more doctors and nurses, it doesn't make sense that a student can't study and become a doctor here but if the same student goes to one of the Uni's in the Islands for 4 years, then do 2 year internship in the States, they can come to Canada write a test and get their licence.
Jan 23, 2013 @ 11:48 am
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It's not perfect, but I'm really happy we have it. I don't know how much specifically it costs us in taxes every year because it's not itemized. We pay a fair bit of tax in everything from income to property tax to retail, but I'd rather have higher taxes and know that anyone who needs help can get it than pay less and have a neighbour who loses everything because they got cancer. I feel like our system is much more humane than the US one at the moment.

We do have longer wait times for certain things than I hear Americans do but again I'd rather that then know the poor are excluded from the medical system.
Jan 23, 2013 @ 01:49 pm

Imperfect, but necessary.

I'm pretty happy with our healthcare system. I have some health issues and I (and my parents) would have had to pay a lot of money for doctor's visits, hospital stays, etc. without our system.

I'm not completely happy with my province's management of it, but it's due to a big shortage of doctors. Wait times in ERs are insane, and many people don't have a family doctor. Still, I'm proud of our overall system and I'm glad most Canadians accept it. I have no problem having taxes go towards keeping people healthy and saving lives.
Jan 23, 2013 @ 02:08 pm

thing is

I'm happy to hear such positive feedback. I think the general misconception is in the U.S if your poor you don't get help but that isn't true. The poor not only get food, housing, and Medicaid which is free healthcare but many times free phones and free many other things. I guess I'm having a difficult time understanding the difference between Medicaid and Universal Health with the exception of it being on a broader scale and paying more tax. Oh, and Becky our income tax isn't horrible (yet) however the highest tax I pay is social security which is for the elderly. That program wont be in existance when our generation is old enough to qualify That tax went up yet again Jan 1 another $30 to my measly check.
Jan 23, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

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