This is just an observational post based my own experiences. I’m posting because I’m still surprised by the outrage against the move towards fairer and more all-encompassing healthcare in the United States. I really can’t wrap my mind around why people object to it, and so strongly.
Our family’s most recent ‘medical’ incident was that our 2yr old had pneumonia complicated by his asthma. In a two week period we had five doctor’s appointments and a day and a half stay in the hospital. Total cost to us? $0. Not having to worry about the money allowed us to focus on getting him well. The moment money becomes a concern, in regards to healthcare, people make the wrong decision.
Okay, obviously we *do* pay for it. We pay taxes after all. But I’ve had several conversations with people outside Canada who imagine we’re paying ridiculously high taxes. In my opinion, we’re not. I never looked at a pay stub and freaked out… and at one time I was paying a really high tax rate. At its worse though it was never more than 30 percent. (And yes, I do realize we pay federal sales tax too, though in Alberta there is no provincial sales tax and health care premiums are paid for).
30 percent of my income so that everyone can have access to quality healthcare. Not really that high of a price to pay. And of course that tax money is spent on many other things too — not just medical.
I have certainly had some negative issues with the health care system, generally long wait times (though I think my longest wait has been five hours, for myself — kids don’t seem to have to wait nearly so long) but it is a comfort to know that it is always there and nothing I do, or don’t do, can take it away..