Health Care that Heals and Helps

“But one longtime critic of single-payer plans, who moved to California from Canada in the early 1990s, said the national health care system in her country has led to increasingly long waits to see a doctor — and has driven many Canadians to come to the U.S. for medical treatment.”

“It’s been a disaster in countries like Canada,” said Sally Pipes, president and CEO of the conservative Pacific Research Institute, based in San Francisco.”

(Excerpt from article)

Do you agree with Sally Pipes, +Nina Tryggvason? Would love to hear your views. There is a counter view from another Canadian, I will be posting her view here later as soon as she gives me permission.

 
A Pew Research report last month showed that 60 percent of Americans  — up from 51 percent last year — say the government should be responsible for ensuring health care coverage for all Americans, compared with 38 percent who say it should not be the government’s responsibility.

The belief that the government shoulder that responsibility has particularly spiked among lower- and middle-income Republicans, the report said.

San Jose Mercury News
Critics say such plans require hefty tax hikes, but proponents say taxes would replace insurance premiums, with savings generated by eliminating huge insurance administrative costs.

I had one Canadian friend who was made to wait 8 hrs before he got medical attention for bringing up blood and was finally told to monitor the situation and sent home. He lives in Edmonton.
Prescription drugs is a whole lot cheaper in Canada.
I can’t tell enough how grateful I am to the Canadian healthcare system. As an international student, my son has to pay a monthly premium of around CAD30 for health insurance. And for the past 2 years, he had to be hospitalized 3 times for health issues, staying an average of a week before he recovered. I did not pay a single cent for these services. Bills would have ran up to the thousands if not for the coverage. Sure, occasionally you would hear Canadians complaining abt the long waiting hours but generally, most Canadians are very appreciative of their healthcare system. Most of the time, cases that are considered not serious will be deferred to a later time, the healthcare employees are professional enough to judge on whether cases need immediate attention or not.
Those Canadians that travel south to the USA for treatment have the money to do so, I’m guessing the average Canadian doesn’t have that kind of money.
Spot on, Patrick! I highlighted the lady’s opinion because a lot of Americans are fooled by that kind of rhetoric, not understanding that for majority of Canadians, their system worked very well.

10s of thousands.
Canadians might wait longer for health services, but health care does not cause personal bankruptcies in Canada as that is the leading cause of it in America
thanks, very succinct way to put it. That is the most important point!
I wonder how Americans expect people to pursuit happiness without healthcare, or interference from religion more than government; which is of course, the best one to be armed against apparently.
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Church of England softens stance on LGBT issues after defeat of controversial report
Church of England softens stance on LGBT issues after defeat of controversial report
Follow the public if you wish to keep fleecing them
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Texas Senator Shatters Table Trying to Silence Woman Testifying Against Anti-Abortion Bill
Texas Senator Shatters Table Trying to Silence Woman Testifying Against Anti-Abortion Bill

But Hennessy went on, saying, “I urge you to all stop playing with reproductive health care like it’s your own political puppet.” That’s when Schwertner dropped the gavel — so hard that he shattered the glass table before him.
“Your time is done,” he repeated.

Fracking And What New EPA Means For Your Health
Mormon Church joins fight against federal transgender rights directive
Mormon Church joins fight against federal transgender rights directive
Dear Religion: You get to control your followers

but not non-members or secular society

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Twelve Years Ago, the Kyoto Protocol Set the Stage for Global Climate Change Policy
Twelve Years Ago, the Kyoto Protocol Set the Stage for Global Climate Change Policy
reduce pollution and improve quality of life, reduce health care costs
plus: time to tax the religions who pathologically hoard wealth in real and artistic works, as well as the documentation of much of history.
Health Professionals need to be clear: religion is a mental illness
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