[quote=paramedicgirl]Health care is free, though Canadians pay a stipend to the medical system. For our family, we pay $800 a year, based on our income. For a college student, they pay around $80 a year. Compare that to what US citizens pay for medical procedures. And yes, we pay taxes, but so does everyone. It is a good use of tax dollars, don’t you agree?
I pay less than that for my insurance…I am lucky. The REAL reason that Canadians get universal health coverage is because they don’t have to support a superpower army…Remember…if Canada were to be attacked…America will protect her. If we stopped policing the world…we might be able to afford universal health coverage, but that’s a different thread
[quote=Paramedicgirl]It’s true Canada has higher taxes than the US, but we have also consistently been rated the best country in the world in which to live. Also our wages are comparatively higher and that offsets the taxes.
Hmmmm…don’t really know what to say here. I have never seen these statistics. I always heard Norway or Sweden were rated top. Personally…Australia seems pretty nice to me…but I don’t go for the cold climates…
[quote=Paramedicgirl]As for your experience with the hospital you went to, that can and does happen anywhere in the world. Yours was an unfortunate experience, absolutely, but the same thing happens every day in your own country.
True. It could happen anywhere…But I like the fact that I can doctor shop…without any restrictions…go all the way across country to the best if I like. As I understand it you do not have that freedom.