Universal Health Care

Leah - posted on 08/26/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Just wondering if there are any opposing views on Universal Health Care". I would love to hear other peoples opinions, especially those from the States. Here in Canada, it is hard to even fathom not having it! I try to imagine myself having to go to the emergency room and having to worry about 'duductibles' and 'policy numbers', instead of just having to whip out my health card that I've had since the day I was born. Any opinions for or against it?

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Johnny - posted on 08/26/2010

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I'm another Canadian basically fairly happy with the universal health care system. Like anything, it has it's problems. But personally, my family and I have always been extremely well served by it. And it's nice not to get a bill that would bankrupt us or be paying $$ thousands a year for health care coverage ON TOP of our taxes. My best friend lives in Seattle, she & her hubby make less than us, and when you combine our taxes & health care costs, we win paying less in taxes & insurance combined (including our supplemental health insurance coverage). I'd rather pay slightly higher taxes than be stuck in that system. I think people don't realize that universal healthcare would actually cost them LESS!

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Same here in NZ. We don't even have health cards, we just turn up. All my blood tests, ultrasounds, mid wife visits, the actual delivery and postnatal care was free. My Dad had his gall bladder and appendix out a couple of years ago and it was all free. My friend spent a year on and off in the hospital due to Chrone's disease and that was all free. Heck, here in Wellington even the ambulance is free! Join the 21st Century America!

Jaime - posted on 08/26/2010

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I'd rather have universal health care than have to pay each time I go to the doctor or emergency room. There are lots of drawbacks to our system in Canada, but overall it is beneficial and I do think it puts the best interests of society at the forefront (when considering the grander scheme). It's not perfect, but I still appreciate the security it provides.

Jessica - posted on 08/26/2010

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I'm from Canada to, and I completely agree! Especailly after just having a baby and with the ultrasounds and other tests and Doctors visits I had to have. Living anywhere else I highly doubt I would have been able to afford the excellent care and opportunity to see a doc whenever I had a concern or something like that. I actually ended up seeing the Midwife at my hospital and she was amazing! :)

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