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Canada's Healthcare System Explained for My US SparkFriends


Friday, March 14, 2014

Good morning.

With Obamacare being hotly contested in the US senate, I ran across some info about Canada's healthcare system that might provide some clarification for my US SparkFriends:

Dr. Danielle Martin, a Toronto doctor, testifies at a U.S. Senate committee in Washington on Tuesday. The committee was studying health-care systems in other countries.

Martin outlined the benefits of Canada’s health-care structure and contrasted it with the American one, while noting the strong public support in Canada for the idea that access to care shouldn’t depend on one's ability to pay.

“We do not have uninsured residents. We do not have different qualities of insurance depending on a person’s employment. We do not have an industry working to try to carve out different niches of the risk pool. This is a very important accomplishment and as we watch the debate unfold as to how to address the challenges you face, we are reminded daily of its significance,” said Martin.

Here's a video of part of the debate between Canadian and American healthcare in the US Senate that includes the statements above by Dr. Martin:

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JMOUSE99 3/17/2014 11:33AM

    Our system is far from perfect, but I still think it works better than the US system.

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_LINDA 3/14/2014 6:24PM

    Good debate. Mexico is getting some of our health care dollars, particularly in Dentistry, apparently really cheap down there compared with here..

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/14/2014 3:47PM

    Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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HERMIEME 3/14/2014 2:35PM

    I would never be able to live in the States and pay for my hundreds of dollars worth of medications a month (it used to be in the thousands and could be again) plus I have had at least 14 hospitalizations of 1-4 months - thank heavens for Canada's system though it keeps me tied down and poor it's the only way I can afford this. I've always wanted to live in NY or LA but I guess I am very lucky to be where I am and should be happy. emoticon
emoticon for sharing this with our American friends!

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TRUNKJUNK 3/14/2014 12:15PM

    I've been enlighten thanks for sharing

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 3/14/2014 9:42AM

    Thank you so much! Health care would cost much less in the USA if the big insurance companies, who make so much profit, were shuttered. emoticon

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LOVELESMILLS 3/14/2014 9:39AM

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