Ralph Nader points to 22 ways the Canadian health-care system is better than Obamacare in the U.S.
No. 22: In Canada, everyone is covered automatically at birth — everybody in, nobody out.
No. 21: In Canada, the health system is designed to put people, not profits, first.
No. 20: In Canada, coverage is not tied to a job or dependent on your income — rich and poor are in the same system, the best guarantee of quality.
No. 19: In Canada, health-care coverage stays with you for your entire life.
No. 18: In Canada, you can freely choose your doctors and hospitals and keep them. There are no lists of “in-network” vendors and no extra hidden charges for going “out of network.”
No. 17: In Canada, the health-care system is funded by income, sales and corporate taxes that, combined, are much lower than what Americans pay in premiums.
No. 16: In Canada, there are no complex hospital or doctor bills. In fact, usually you don’t even see a bill.
No. 15: In Canada, costs are controlled. Canada pays 10 per cent of its GDP for its health-care system, covering everyone. In the United States, under Obamacare, costs continue to skyrocket. The U.S. pays 18 per cent of its GDP and still doesn’t cover tens of millions of people.
No. 14: In Canada, it is unheard of for anyone to go bankrupt due to health-care costs.
No. 13: In Canada, if you lose your job, you don’t lose your health insurance.
No. 12: In Canada, simplicity leads to major savings in administrative costs and overhead.
No. 11: In Canada, when you go to a doctor or hospital the first thing they ask you is: “What’s wrong?”
No. 10: In Canada, the government negotiates drug prices so they are more affordable.
No. 9: In Canada, government health-care funds are not profitably diverted to the top 1 per cent.
No. 8: In Canada, there are no necessary co-pays or deductibles.
No. 7: In Canada, the health-care system contributes to social solidarity and national pride.
No. 6: In Canada, delays in health care are not due to the cost of insurance.
No. 5: In Canada, nobody dies due to lack of health insurance.
No. 4: In Canada, an increasing majority supports their health-care system, which costs half as much per person as in the United States.
No. 3: In Canada, the tax payments to fund the health-care system are progressive — the lowest 20 per cent pays 6 per cent of income into the system while the highest 20 per cent pays 8 per cent.
No. 2: In Canada, the administration of the system is simple. You get a health card when you are born. And you swipe it when you go to a doctor or hospital. End of story.
No. 1: In Canada, the majority of citizens love their health-care system.
In the United States, the majority of citizens, physicians and nurses prefer the Canadian-type system — single-payer, free choice of doctor and hospital, everybody in, nobody out.