Who has the better health care system, the US or Canada?

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago
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    I was born and raised in the US but my family is all Canadian. In my opinion Canada's healthcare system is better because it's a single payer model. Nobody worries about going bankrupt over medical bills. Nobody loses their life savings because their father had a stroke, or their brother was hit by a drunk driver.

    It's true that some Canadians come to the US for treatment, but it's also true that some Americans go to Mexico for treatment. It's true that wait times in Canada can be long if you want to see a specialist, but here in the US you can easily wait 6 months to see a specialist.

    In other words, both countries share similar weaknesses in their system, but at least in Canada everybody can afford to see a doctor, and that's where the real cost savings being. People with dependable access to preventative care spend much less in the final years of life compared to those who don't.

    I realize Canadians pay more taxes for this, but not as much as monthly insurance premiums. I pay $450/month for health insurance, so even if my monthly healthcare taxes were $300 I'd still be saving $1,800 per year.

    • 熊冰冰
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      1 year agoReport

      The really alarming bit is that the US actually spends significantly more *public* money on healthcare than Canada, but can't provide anything like the level of care.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Maybe

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Depends on how quickly you want access to specialists and high tech diagnostics. They have significantly less of those per capita in Canada. Also, the wait for "discretionary" surgeries like knee or hip replacement is significantly longer in Canada.

    The Fraser Institute documents the facts about it. Here's a sample:

    In 2018, "... Canadians could expect to wait 4.3 weeks for a computed tomography (CT) scan, 10.6 weeks for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, and 3.9 weeks for an ultrasound."

    Also:

    "Specialist physicians surveyed report a median waiting time of 19.8 weeks between referral from a general practitioner and receipt of treatment."

    Maybe you won't go broke in Canada; maybe you'll just die waiting for diagnostics and treatment of your undiagnosed ailments.

    • 熊冰冰
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      1 year agoReport

      How do you calculate wait times for Americans who aren't able to pay for surgery at all?

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Why don't you ask them?

    According to Gallup, 44% of Americans report being "very dissatisfied" with the affordability of their healthcare, and while only 17% of Canadians say the same.

    For the quality of their healthcare, 48% of Americans say they are either satisfied or very satisfied, while 52% of Candians say the same.

    The perception of their healthcare system's quality is nearly identical, but affordability is drastically different.

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  • 1 year ago

    Canada, without a doubt. Thanks to Republicans, accessibility to and affordability of healthcare is not prioritized. Capitalism is a lie, and so is trickle-down economics.

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  • 1 year ago

    Canada. The US makes access to healthcare all but impossible for a significant number of its citizens.

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  • Do more US citizens go to Canada for treatment, or do more Canadian citizens go to the US? Someone should be able to figure that out.

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    • 1 year agoReport

      ALMOST EVER COUNTRY HAS BETTER HEALTH CARE AND HEALTHIER PEOPLE THAN AMERICA. 25% OF AMERICAN CITIZENS ARE OBESE ESPECIALLY TRUMP FARMERS.

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