Need to know why some of us are so adamantly opposed to socialized medicine? You need look no further than our friendly neighbors to the north: Canada.
From the Canadian Press:
Canada has the worst rating in a new study of health care in seven countries when it comes to wait times for seeing doctors and getting elective surgery.
And the Commonwealth Fund says Canadians are most likely to report going to an emergency room as an alternative to a visit to a doctor’s office or clinic.
Only 22 per cent of Canadians survey say they could get a same-day appointment when they’re sick. Thirty per cent – by far the highest among the countries – say they had to wait six days or more.
And 15 per cent reported waits of six months or more for non-emergency surgery.
So one in three people have to wait six days or more to get an appointment when they’re sick. By that time, a lot of illnesses will have passed. Perhaps that’s a good way to reduce medical costs, after all.
But there’s a silver lining.
“On the plus side, when it comes to access to care without extra payment, Canada stands out very well among the top of the nations. That’s certainly a value that Canadians treasure.”
What? You say they already paid through the nose for this “free” health care through exorbitant taxes? Oh. I guess the silver lining is more of a lead lining.
I lived under socialized medicine, both in the military and when I was stationed in England for three years. Unless you’re one of these kind of people that runs to the doctor every time you get the sniffles–and are very patient to boot–it’s a system that blows chunks, to put it politely.
Want health care costs to skyrocket? Make our system even more socialized than it already is. Sure, you’ll have the illusion that it’s “free”, if that makes you feel better. Just remember that when you see your taxes reduce you to something like a serf.