Six years ago, PBS's feature documentary program, Frontline
, aired Sick Around the World
, a documentary examining health care systems around the world -- and specifically how all those featured were generally superior to the American system. (2008 MeFi post
Today, the American Senate subcommittee on primary health and aging
brought the debate over single-payer care to Washington. C-SPAN has a fine video of the hearing
, which features seven witness representing health care systems and think tanks from around the US and the world. [more inside]
"I believed based on my politics that government mandated health care was a violation of my freedom
." When a "die-hard conservative Republican" woman moves to Canada and encounters the universal healthcare there, hilarity ensues as cultures clash.
Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams (no stranger to Metafilter)
has travelled to an unspecified location in the United States to have heart surgery
. [more inside]
Few things are more sacred
to Canadians than the nation's medicare system. After years of health spending cutbacks by conservative politicians, debate rages
over whether private providers should now be allowed to compete
with the public system. In British Columbia, where the government is shovelling tax dollars into the 2010 Olympics, patients are being left to die
in emergency rooms and long-term care facilities due to overcrowding
. Is it too late to save public health care? Should it be saved?
Canadian Royal Commission: medicare a 'moral enterprise, not business venture'.
After 18 months of talking to Canadians, former premier of Sastatchewan, Roy Romanow, has releases the final report from the royal commission on health care. The word is: public is good, and it's gonna cost us. Also see CBC coverage
including video of the release.
Ontarians wait up to 30 weeks for key tests
Waiting lists for common exams to detect major diseases are growing at an alarming and outrageous pace in Ontario, says the National Post.
The Waiting lists are longest ever
, One million people waiting for medical treatments
, A Hostpital
with no nurses or beds, and, Medical errors killing thousands
Over the pond... more bad news. 36-hour hospital wait for 87-year-old
, and worse yet, Woman dies 'after hospital wait'
Bad news for govt. run health care, or media hype?
Today I saw an ad on TV
complaining that American health care is being “Canadianized.” All I can say is
that I wish these Americans would stop lying
about the Canadian health care
system. While most Canadians seem to agree that our health system is a bit of a mess
we also seem to agree that we
don’t want the American system
, thank you very much.
The US market-driven
medical system spends about 14% of its economy on health care, while Canada's
cost is about 9% of GDP. Both countries' health care costs stood at about 7% in
1971, when the Canadian system converted to the public system and the US decided
to stick with a market-driven private system. Yet the Canadian system covers
everyone; the American system doesn’t. Private delivery of health care means
money is lost to the profits investors demand (as much as 15%), higher executive
salaries, higher marketing/advertising costs, and lost economies of scale.
attack the Canadian system? Part of the answer lies in the fact that to the
American health care industry, Canada is just one huge, untapped market that
they would love to have access to.