September 16, 2009

Say Ahhhh!

Canada's national health insurance program, often referred to as "Medicare", is designed to ensure that all residents have reasonable access to medically necessary hospital and physician services, on a prepaid basis. Instead of having a single national plan, we have a national program that is composed of 13 interlocking provincial and territorial health insurance plans, all of which share certain common features and basic standards of coverage. Framed by the Canada Health Act, the principles governing our health care system are symbols of the underlying Canadian values of equity and solidarity.
Canada's health care system has its share of problems, (long wait times, doctor shortages), but if Canada's governing party decided to scrap the Canadian Health Act and go with the American system, I would bet that not one member of parliament would be re-elected.

Medical debt is the principal cause of bankruptcy in the United States. Give Obama a break - he's just what the doctor ordered.


Margaret Gosden said...

Hear, hear - what is their problem? Give him a break!

Alistair said...

Hello C-Pup,
Its interesting all the hooha this has kicked up. Here in the UK the National Health Service is a cornerstone of our society and welfare system. It may have its faults and there are those who would like to see it dismantled either in whole or in part, but in general it works and it can work very well. There is also available a private system for those who choose not to wait but to pay a premium to be seen immediately.

But Obama seems to be suffering the spleen venting vested interests of the insurance and medical care companies.

It seems to me to be a system of haves and have nots and as your other commentor says the cost is prohibitive for most ordinary folk.

I say go for it Mr Obama. I hope you can make it work and give America the first step to a more balanced and caring society

Brian Miller said...


T. Clear said...

Obama's my god.

secret, fragile skies said...

Bravo! Swiped and republished your post (with credits) because this is so important. How can we not know how fortunate we are to have Obama? The mind boggles... Thank you!