AlbertaGirl70_ wrote:Pro&Con,Good&Bads,USA vs. Canada......I'm a hard person to get an opinion out of on anything,so I'm not going to give one here,I just want to say...
I watched a doc the other day where a woman had the same type of breast cancer that I had a 28,she was a poor black woman from the inner city,and she was basically told if you don't have money you can't go to this hospital/doctor,and won't be able to get this kind of treatment(the one she needed) and you are probably going to die becasue of your economic situation...
Cut to me 15 years ago,I live in Canada,and money was never mentioned once concerning my treatment,I went to the best cancer hospital in Alberta,had the best oncologist in Western Canada,got the best treatment available at that time,and had every surgery I needed then,or since with out ever paying a single bill,and I'm alive today because of all of that I believe.
I lived every day through that thinking that there is now f**king way I'm going to die from cancer,I couldn't imagine the mind f**k on my head if I was told I was probably going to because I didn't have enough money to get the best shot at saving myself.
Canada's system may have some longer waiting lists for certain procedures (not that I've ever seen it. In the past 2 years, I had to get a bone scan, ultrasound, and a CT, and I never waited longer than 6 days), but NO ONE is ever denied life saving care because they can't afford it. IMO, having that EVER happen to anyone means there is something seriously disgusting and perverse about a health care system. Period. Frankly, I think when someone suggests that a system where health care is a profit business where poor people can't get the care they need while people with money buy it either has their head buried in the sand or just doesn't give a shit that people without money can't always get the health care they need to save their lives.... But I'd be interested to see how they would feel once they are the ones who get seriously ill and are suddenly told that they insurance company has figured a way to ensure that it will cost them $80,000 to not die.
People would rather pay less tax than live with a system like that? Not me.
Glad you made it AlbertaGirl70.
And I'm glad you didn't make yourself and your whole family go broke in the process.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy. ~ Desiderata