Robert Gehl reports leftist, nagging Canadians want Americans to believe they have a superior healthcare system – that it’s not only superior in the ability to provide services, but that it’s morally superior because it provides top-notch medical care to everyone, regardless of who they are or their ability to pay.
Don’t believe it.
This illustrated in a social media post going around where a Canadian lectures Americans on their supposed indifference to the plight of fellow countrymen.
“What the f**k is wrong with Americans who aren’t on board with free healthcare,” the sanctimonious post begins. “I’m Canadian and I don’t care that I pay extra taxes so a little boy in Alberta can have open heart surgery, or an elderly man in Nova Scotia can get the heart medication he desperately needs. It’s called taking care of your people. I’m glad I pay so that people can have a good quality of life.”
The Canuck – with the username “Natalie-Ann” ends her post with “It’s called being a decent fucking human being.”
What pompous nonsense.
First, I believe – as do most Americans – that we do have a moral obligation to take care of our fellow man. That’s why Americans are consistently among the most charitable people on the planet. We give more of our time and money than any other country. (Syrians are at the bottom of the list, by the way … which is important when discussing Syrian refugees who are interested in settling in the US.)
The question – which is an ideological one – is whether or not healthcare is something that should be mandated by the government or it should be something that we voluntarily choose to purchase for ourselves or charitably decide to provide for another.
But there’s a bigger issue at stake: Government-run healthcare just doesn’t work very well.
Over the last 20 years, Canada’s system – called “Medicare” up there too – has turned into a “wait your turn” game with the “wait” getting longer and longer.
In 1993, the average wait time to get a doctor’s appointment was the same as it is in the United States; about 26 days. But 22 years later, in 2015, that wait time has skyrocketed to 129 days. That’s more than four months to see a doctor. In some provinces, the wait time is almost 11 months. That’s right: a one-year wait to see your doctor.
A study by the Fraser Institute concluded that Canada’s healthcare system is in crisis: “despite provincial strategies to reduce wait times and high levels of health expenditure, it is clear that patients in Canada continue to wait too long to receive medically necessary treatment.”
So in Canada, being a “decent human being” by providing government-run healthcare means that little Billy who needs open-heart surgery is probably going to die before he ever sees the inside of an operating room.
That is – most definitely – not being a “decent human being.”