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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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  • JMOUSE99
    Our system is far from perfect, but I still think it works better than the US system.
    1554 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Good debate. Mexico is getting some of our health care dollars, particularly in Dentistry, apparently really cheap down there compared with here..
    1557 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Interesting. Thanks for sharing.
    1557 days ago
    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!
    1557 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/14/2014 2:36:10 PM
    I've been enlighten thanks for sharing
    1557 days ago
    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
    1557 days ago
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