Show of HandsShow of Hands

redsox95 July 25th, 2015 4:50am

After speaking with a fellow Canadian in Montreal tonight, she said she would rather wait 8 hours for a broken arm and have it be free in Canada, than have it be instant in the U.S. but pay $500. Whose side do you take.

6 Liked

Comments: Add Comment

slickspin Heart of Texas
07/25/15 5:37 am

In the USA, you're going to be seen in order of need. Life threatening first. I had chest/arm pains, I went right in, ahead of multiple people and had Drs/nurses swarming all over me. Nothing serious.

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
07/25/15 5:10 am

It's not free in Canada, you pay out the ass in taxes for that 8 hour wait. I will take America thank you.

07/25/15 4:59 am

Liberals are always so quick to take the side of anyone but America

GlockMan1 Alabama
07/25/15 4:50 am

What if she had CANCER? Would she rather wait 6 months for the first chemo treatment or pay extra to have the treatment start immediately?

07/25/15 12:31 am

Canadian Healthcare isn't free, and it isn't effective.

Arkansas123 Neoconservative
07/24/15 11:28 pm

The Canadian is paying for it too.

Axl752 Ontario
07/24/15 11:58 pm

Yet they pay less than us

07/25/15 12:30 am

“Free" Healthcare isn't free, you pay for it with your tax money.

GenghisKant Immanuel Khan
07/25/15 4:19 am

Which comes to a lower dollar value for the service.

07/25/15 6:25 am

Risk is pooled across the largest possible population. And a large, single system means that the share of health spending that goes towards administrative costs is 16.7% in Canada, compared to a whopping 31% in the US.

07/25/15 6:26 am

In a public system the emphasis is no longer on itemizing, invoicing and collecting payment from individuals, and resources can be shifted to where they are needed: patient care

Axl752 Ontario
07/25/15 6:39 am

Sure they pay for it in their taxes. But, they pay a lower tax rate than us (which includes healthcare) and they don't have that extra health insurance cost on top of that.

07/24/15 10:47 pm

Don't ppl usually say i've got more time than money. I'd rather wait a bit and not get a large unexpected bill when I planned on saving that money or had other plans for it.

07/24/15 10:22 pm

Go to the emergence room with a non-life threatening injury and see how long you wait. (Been there, done that)

RJ1969 SoCal
07/24/15 10:29 pm

I know...instant? WTF alternate reality is that?

Wert I am a frayed knot
07/24/15 10:13 pm

I would neither pay $500 nor would I wait 8 hours to have my arm broken.


07/24/15 10:37 pm


I had to read it twice before I got it!

07/24/15 10:12 pm

As a human right, healthcare needs to be free and instant.

iPolitix Political Party Animal
07/24/15 10:11 pm

Oh, it's not free in Canada. They just take the $ before they see it. If you gave Canadians a choice between paying the $6K+ for their insurance or $5884 for US insurance...

No competition. And US insurance is ranked better in every category.

RJ1969 SoCal
07/24/15 10:26 pm

Pffffft, bwaaaa ha ha ha! Riiiiiight!

07/24/15 10:36 pm

I pay about $7200.00/yr for medical insurance, the company I work for pays at least that much. So my insurance costs @$15k/yr. if I need to see anything other then a GP I need a referral then wait 4-8 weeks to get an appointment. Yea sure, better?

iPolitix Political Party Animal
07/24/15 10:47 pm

The average US family’s health insurance is about $4.5K/yr (employer chips in $11.5K). Average single only pays about $1K (employer chips in $5K).
Your experience may vary.

RJ1969 SoCal
07/24/15 10:50 pm

Turd polishing 101.

No one from these other advanced countries think our system is better.

iPolitix Political Party Animal
07/24/15 10:51 pm

In TN with BCBS, average wait time we've experienced is 2days--2wks for specialist; elective surgery 4days--1wk.

RJ1969 SoCal
07/24/15 10:56 pm

Wow. Great. So, why is the U.S. Ranked in the mid-30s for HC then?

iPolitix Political Party Animal
07/24/15 10:59 pm

So why is Canada ranked in the mid 30's for healthcare?

DrReid Ever present.
07/24/15 10:01 pm

You are Canadian Redsox?

redsox95 New England
07/24/15 11:12 pm

Fellow probably wasn't the right word

RJ1969 SoCal
07/24/15 10:27 pm

This is about healthcare, not hookers.