Canada's Health Care Lauded By One Who Knows

Posted on Thursday, November 23 at 12:47 by 4Canada
Thirty years ago, I had my gall bladder removed and had to spend three or four days in hospital. When I was discharged, I was presented with the bill a total of $5.50 for the use of the television set in my semi-private room. The Ontario Hospital Insurance Plan paid the rest. It is important for Americans to know that people in Canada tend to live a couple of years longer than their U.S. counterparts and that Canada's infant mortality rate is lower. This is attributed to the fact that everyone young, old, working or unemployed is covered for basic hospital and medical care in Canada without co-insurance or deductibles. This is in contrast to the United States, where there are more uninsured people (over 40 million) than Canadian inhabitants. American critics of Canada's health care are quick to cite the fact that there are lengthy waiting lists for non-emergency medical procedures. It is also true that there is considerable overcrowding in some hospitals, but this is due to the fact that emergencies are treated immediately even if it means a lineup of gurneys in the hospital corridor a situation I have found exists in American emergency wards as well. http://www.commondreams.org/views06/1122-31.htm [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on November 24, 2006]

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