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Unstable Molecule

Location: Calgary, AB Canada
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Subj: Re: Two Hundred and Fifteen Thousand Four Hundred and Sixty Three dollars
Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 03:43:47 pm EST (Viewed 647 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Two Hundred and Fifteen Thousand Four Hundred and Sixty Three dollars
Posted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 08:19:05 am EST (Viewed 1163 times)

    I saw this woman testify before a committee (I don't remember exactly what kind but it looked humongous) telling her story of how she almost died. She told the committee paraphrasing obviously how UHC does not work, that by making sure everyone has health care, their just making sure that everyone has Less Health Care equally. I don't completely agree with that but yeah.

I'll have to investigate this further. Don't get me wrong, the Canadian system is far from perfect, and I'm sure some folks have had bad experiences. But overall, I have peace of mind knowing we have UHC.

    Look, even if UHC is PERFECT, I for one still wouldn't want it. I want to be in control of choosing which company has which policies that cover whatever. Granted I'm on medicaid (I know, hypocrite right? wrong), and cannot make those decisions but people should be able to. Tell me, can you choose your Doctor in Canada? Oh well, I guess I will never know since I'm not coming back.

Yes, everyone can choose their own doctor. I have a family doctor (General Practicioner) who I go for most minor problems. The way it works here is the doctor (sworn to the hyppocratic oath) determines your treatment, and you as a patient pay nothing. The doctor then gets reimbursed by the government, but you as a patient would have no dealings with the government whatsoever. The government has no veto power over what procedures are covered or not. If you go to the doctor with a problem, you get treatment, period.

Of course, if you go to a hospital or a clinic, you just get whomever is available. This tends to be when Canadians experience waiting times, as in my opinion, most hospitals are underfunded.

    I am not the sharpest guy on the planet and anyone who probably agrees with me that is lurking here reading this is probably shaking their head and thinks I'm MURDERING the arguments here and getting Owned by you guys. I am uncomfortable being the lone ranger here on this issue so maybe in another life, we will actually met.

I hope you don't feel like we're ganging up on you. If I've come off as antagonistic, I apologize.

    Ok, that is true but only because we currently do not have a true free market system in the health care sector. Letting people by insurance from all 50 states would lower costs, but even if it doesn't more Big Brother is no thanks for me.

Again, neither tne government nor insurance companies have any say in my medical treatment. It's strictly between me and my doctor. This might make you feel better about the system up here, since you seem to be thinking "take away the insurance companies and substitute the government in their place." I think that's one of the problems with the insurance-company model - you have to justify to them why you need treatment, and it's in their best interest to deny you coverage.
I completely agree that I wouldn't want to have to justify my medical treatments to my government. In fact, if I found out the government had access to my medical history, I'd consider it a gross violation of my privacy.

"It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices." – Albus Dumbledore
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