Daily Prompt: Right to Health- Canadian Style

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Is access to medical care something that governments should provide, or is it better left to the private sector? Are there drawbacks to your choice?

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This reminds me of the Canadian Health Care System, they will always help us, but we may die waiting for it to happen.

Many people come to Canada to take advantage of the health care system. If you need emergency care you get it, if you need surgery you get it. What they may not know is how long people are waiting, and how costly it is.

Extended medical service are not covered by the Government; prescriptions, chiropractic care, etc, unless you are lucky enough to have the expenses covered by your employer. Many Canadians do not.

The average family of four will pay over $11,000.00/year, for medical coverage. That’s a good chunk of change. We wouldn’t mind so much, if the funds were used wisely. From over paid executives, to not sorting garbage, yes really.

http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/06/hospitals-can-save-money-just-sorting-their-trash/

We pay a great deal of taxes in this country, so yes, I think the government should pay for our health care, but I also think it should be run in a more efficient manner. Leaving our health care to the private sector sounds appealing in some ways, but the bottom line is, most of us wouldn’t be able to afford it.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. No country is perfect in the way they handle the medical needs of the people, but I’m still glad I live here.

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  3. I grew up in Canada, but haven’t lived there as an adult. I only know two systems as an adult: American and Korean. In my experience, the American system has good doctors and technology, but is prohibitively expensive and there are long waits for appointments. The Korean system is quite cheap, almost no waits on anything (even specialists are usually walk-in) and have pretty good care. Not everything is covered (an MRI will cost you $500 or so) but most things are. So, yes, I agree: government should at least help with medical costs, if not pay all of them.

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