Originally Posted by theimp98
the Canadian system is not the answer. I have come accross way to many people,who have come down to the states, to get the treatment that is needed. Along with the fact We have WAY more people then they do. SO if you come accross stories of long waits etc, just thing what it would be here.
everything here needs to be put under price controls.. But since to many people are gettting rich,no one will do it.
The answer is in a two tier system like we have here.
We have universal health care, which means that anyone and everyone regardless of income levels, can see a doctor when they need to and not have to worry about insurance companies dictating whether a test or treatment is appropriate for you.
Yes, there can be long waits for some tests due to limited equipmet, and longer waits for elective type surgeries. But that's a trade off that I'm willing to take so that I don't have to go through what poor Ping was going through with her constant bleeding and not being able to get anyone to treat her.
We are also starting to develope a second tier in our healthcare. Private clinics are opening up where if you have the funds or extra private insurance coverage you can pay to be treated there.
As well, if machines are so backed up our government will send you to the USA for tests and treatment, but they also pick up the tab for it.
The hospital I work for here is associated with the Mayo Clinic, in fact one of their doctors moved up here to head up our Cardiac Program and we work closely with the Mayo Clinic.
Our system works for us. And it would work in the USA too because it's paid for from our taxes. Instead of Canada sinking billions of dollars each year into the military and war, they sink it into programs that actually benefit us...like Healthcare and Pharmacare etc.
If the USA didn't sink so much money into their military and war efforts, they could easily do a nation wide universal healthcare program simply by funnelling that money into it.
Would that mean longer waits sometimes for tests and elective procedures? Probably. But it would also mean that the poor and destituted as well as the rich would get equal access to healthcare. And going to a two tier system means that the rich would probably elect to pay for expedited tests and treatments instead of having to wait, which would shorten waiting periods for those who cannot afford to be treated privately. But the point is that they could still be treated.
However, that doesn't seem to be their priority.