As a Canadian, I thank my lucky starts every time I take one of the kids to a pediatrician, or show up at a walk-in clinic to get treated for pneumonia (which I’ve had about 10 times now, due to my crappy lungs) — all at no cost to me. I’ve had two babies, once via c-section, and paid nothing. I cannot imagine the level of stress that having to pay for all this would add to my life.
I’ve spoken to a couple of Americans about the ridiculous health care system in the U.S. and they’ve both told me “Yes, but your taxes are so much higher!” Perhaps; however, if I wasn’t taxed so highly, would I have all that extra money sitting around in an account just in case I got sick? Of course not! I for one am not that discicplined, and I know I’m not alone! And even if I was the most fiscally responsible person on the planet, having that tax money set aside wouldn’t be enough to cover a really serious, ongoing illness. How many Americans set aside money to cover them if they get sick? It may be a bit painful to pay higher taxes, but it seems like it would be a lot more painful to go bankrupt because someone in the family gets cancer.
The article states:
“Healthcare “industry” experts say voters won’t consent to pay for a public system, but in 2016 the average family of four spends over $25,000 of their own money per year on healthcare.”
I guarantee you that I didn’t pay $25,000 in taxes for healthcare last year. My son did need an MRI and a biopsy though, and both were free (and luckily showed he was fine). How much would that run in the U.S.?
I also don’t understand the reasoning of, “Well, I’m never sick, so why should I pay for someone else’s healthcare?” I personally believe that we have a duty to look out for one another, but even if I didn’t, I know that no one has a crystal ball that shows they and their family will stay healthy forever. I’d hate to be the person who relies on this magical thinking when everything goes wrong and the bills start piling up.