I apologize to readers who aren’t interested in it, but this Obamacare thing has really sucked me back into politics in a big way. Plus, I don’t know if you know this, but there’s apparently some kind of election happening this fall. (I’ll look into that and report back later.)
Since we’re talking about health care, it behooves us to take yet another look at our northern neighbor, Canadia. What’s their system like? I mean, besides being a socialist, communist, freedom-killing hellscape of a healthcare dystopia.
This Washington Post blog entry comes complete with answers to the top questions, plus neat-o graphs to illustrate them.
Here’s my takeaway.
Canada’s health care system has one real problem: they’ve suffered longer-than-desired wait times for services like seeing a specialist or getting medical imaging done. And apparently this shortcoming is being successfully addressed.
Aside from that, the piece reminds us that Canadian provinces aren’t required to, and apparently don’t, cover dental and prescription drugs. Everything else is free, but those are left to individuals to handle themselves, either out of pocket or with supplemental private insurance–something a majority of Canadians have.
So, weighing their issues (history of bad wait times, lack of dental and drug coverage) with our problems (1 in6 Americans with no insurance, private insurance industry abuses and costs double that of other OECD countries) it’s no comparison.
How anyone could hope to scare Americans with Canadian health care is beyond me. Who wouldn’t trade our set of problems for theirs? And besides, even if they had to spend more money to solve the small problems they do have, they’d still be spending tons less than we do. They have a lot of headroom before they even get into our neighborhood, cost-wise.