Originally Posted by squealpiggy
What you have to bear in mind is that the tax burden in the UK and Canada is the same as in the US, but you actually get something back for your money.
Its true that collectively a higher percentage of our taxes go towards subsidising health care, which by definition means that for us to move towards a cheaper health care system, we would have to move towards a less effective health care system.
Our healthcare costs nearly double what yours does, and it is not because it is ridiculously over priced, it is because it is higher quality healthcare with less waiting times, more access to specialists and elective treatments, and more options as to choice of doctors.
I also believe that part of the reason that the Canadian health care system does work for Canada is because when it does fail, you have the option to travel south to utilise our system, even though it usually costs you a boat load.
I like the American system. It works for me. My insurance is great. It covers everything from massages to dental work.
Also, I believe the stories of our healthcare system bankrupting people are blown way out of proportion. I do not know a single person that has fallen victim to the health care system.
Most of the people that it does happen too are victims of misinformation. They are the people that were convinced by insurance salesmen that for $25 a month they were going to get super deluxe premium coverage, then they are surprised that it isn't actually super deluxe premium coverage.
They are the victims of fraud and naivety.