Posted: Jul 13, 2007 6:06 pm |
Edited by: Crystal Lake
this is a minor gripe and doesn't relate to the movie or the US system, but it's irritating to keep seeing the same misinfo posted in this thread re: private insurance in Canada.
wait times for certain procedures are ridiculous. that is a change that needs to start with staffing, wage increases (otherwise it's just a nasty brain drain to the US for our doctors and nurses, where they can make a lot more money), and an overhaul of administration. it's definitely not perfect, or even that great, but at least I know that if I get cancer, have a heart attack, or cut my arm off with a lawnmower, I can just go down to the hospital and get what I need. Someone should dig up some stats on how many americans die because they can't afford treatment and are too dumb to just go into debt over it (and no, I am not trying to insinuate that americans are dumb! there are stupid people like that everywhere).
Also, at least in BC, one will never have to pay more than 5% of her annual income towards prescription drugs per year, meaning that patients whose drugs cost them thousands per month don't have to sell their homes and eat dog food to pay for them.
I also get extended private health insurance through work, which covers my prescriptions, dental and eye care, along with "special" things like visits to the nutritionist, physio, massage therapy, etc., as well as covers me 100% anytime I travel. Supplemental health coverage is not illegal, in fact it is encouraged.
I don't really care to debate with people who pull quotes out of advertisements for US private health facilities in order to support their P.O.V.; I saw first hand the kind of expedited treatment my broke mum got at NO COST to her and in a thorough and very timely manner, for a serious disease that could have killed her, or at least required an organ transplant, in a short time frame. They saved her life just fine, and now she and my 11 year old brother still have a house and a car and food on the table, and I don't have to take care of a little kid because he has nobody else.
I'll probably rent Sicko when it's on DVD. I'm glad to hear that Michael Moore hasn't done with this one what he did with Bowling for Columbine; that is, present Canada like some kind of utopia where people don't lock their doors. His commentary is often misleading, if not outright factually incorrect. And he's fat!!!
Staff at an Ontario clinic complain about the tactics used in filming:
busting in and filming people waiting to see a doctor without their permission is dirty pool.