Fawnie, that is a very interesting question, and thanks Mari, you have summarized it better than me! I don't understand what you say about most Canadians could not access total medical assistance without paying high premiums...I only know in Quebec, beside being the province that has the higher taxes to pay in the whole America, we also need to pay premiums through our income taxes for pills, it is a % of your salary but I thought everything else was free? Can you give me an example?
We are just waiting 5 min. at the McDonald and we get "pissed" imagine when you are very sick and you have to wait 6 to 12 hours at the ER before a Doctor sees you, and the abuse is usually from people that go to the ER when they only have a cold or they have a stomach pain because they had too much pizza, this is one of the reasons the system is congested.
I think most Canadians can't even imagine this can be taking away. We take for granted what we have and I say nothing is eternally. We didn't have this actual system before 1970. The government can't no longer support it and that is why they are allowing many private clinics so that also means less available doctors for the public sector and many Doctors move in USA to triple their incomes.
And Fawnie neither do I don't mean to be disrespectful, and it's good that we all have an opinion! Micheal More reminds me of Dr Phil "he tells it like it is", and one interview he did that shocked me is about a guy that got his 2 fingers cut and to put back one finger it will cost him $12,000 and the other one will cost $60,000 (why the big difference?) so he finally had to choose the $12,000 'cause he can't afford paying $60,000, so adios the middle finger. This is unthinkable in Canada but there are other injustices such as you will wait 2 years for a hip replacement, and in this 2 years your condition will deteriorate and the pain that comes with it. So people who have the $ go to foreign countries and it's immediately done. Conclusion: If you don't have $ you are screwed!
I wish someone can explain France system, it seems to be the best one, I heard faster the doctor put you back on your feet, greater his or her pay check will be, if he doesn't put you back fast on your feet, his pay check will be less. Everyone has to pay around $5 for a check up. Is this the best system?