Free Healthcare? Free is not free ,Someone picks up the tab
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#1 Jul 6, 2007
For a system that's supposedly "free," Canadians sure pay a lot. The average Canadian family pays about 50 percent of its income in taxes each year, of which the lion's share goes to health care. In tangible terms, that's $3,300 for every man, woman and child. And that, in turn, works out to about 10 percent of Canada's gross domestic product. Comparatively, the U.S. spends more – about 14 percent of its GDP. But when you consider that the U.S. has 300 million people compared to Canada's 30 million, and that health care expenditures in Canada topped $100 billion in 2001 alone, you know what the real sicko is: Canada's health care system.
Ms. Pelton did what every good mother would – she jumped the queue. She spent $3,300 to fly her daughter to a private clinic for the arthroscopic surgery. That amount for immediate surgery sounds like nothing, I know. But in Canada, it is against the law to use your own money to bypass the waiting list and get private treatment.
And that is why a landmark lawsuit was filed against 12 Quebec hospitals in 2004 on behalf of breast-cancer patients who were forced to take "patience" to new levels. They were forced to find treatment abroad, because they weren't allowed to pay for private treatment in Canada. One woman flew to Turkey, and another – who had been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer – traveled to Vermont on a four-hour bus trip every week with her 5-year-old son to get access to her treatment.
"The experience was humiliating," she said.
Waiting for treatment has become the hallmark of
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