I was just sick about what I saw in Michael Moore ‘s film, Sicko. In fact, I cried through this entire film that was billed as “hilarious.”
Even if some of the statistics may have been distorted or some of the facts not entirely accurate, I agree with the film’s overall portrayal of what is wrong with the health care system in the US.
I am an American who lived in Canada for 14 years (1972-1986). During those years, I was young and healthy, and, in fact, never remember going to the doctor, much less going to the hospital (except for one incident when I looked for a hotel for the night and went inside Hotel-Dieu in Windsor, Ontario to discover that it was a hospital, not a hotel).
Considering that I’ve been a healthy person up until being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease eleven years ago while living in the states, I am not a very good person to compare the US and Canadian health care systems. However, I do remember that health care was a non-issue in Canada–for me, because I never used it and for those who used it, they always received medical care and/or never complained about it.
My questions for my Canadian friends are as follows:
What kind of waiting lists do you have for essential or elective surgery?
How long do you wait when going to an emergency room?
Have you ever been turned down for a medical procedure or surgery?
Have you ever had to go to the states for a medical procedure or surgery? If so, who paid the medical bills?
I know you believe that your health care is free, but in reality you pay through taxes. What are your tax rates?
Although I was seldom sick while living in Canada, I do remember my first professional job where I worked full-time at 35 hours a week and was eligible for five weeks a year of vacation from day one.
Now where is my passport?
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