By VictoriaLeavitt - 25/06/2013 00:35 - United States - Las Vegas
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She has passion for something that's not drugs or sex. Be proud.
181- that depends where in Canada you are, actually. Here in Nova Scotia we have lots of ocean to keep the temperatures regulated. Not too hot in summer, not too cold in winter. I could go into all the super fun details of how and why that works but I'm not in the mood to be all science-y so you're on your own. It is a fact, though!
Taxes aren't insanely high, but they ARE high..... gotta pay for the healthcare system somehow right? Canada chooses to put the tax money towards healthcare and taking care of its citizens, rather than putting it towards the army and going off to far off places, sticking its nose everywhere and policing the world according to how it thinks everyone should run their own countries. A different set of priorities.
And if the Canadian government ever wanted to really screw someone or a certain group of people, they could simply refuse them their medical care, or fuck with their medical care some other way. Not saying it would ever happen, but that's why so many people are wary of government health care here in the states... Kind if like how a lot of people are wary of the IRS and NSA right now.
@89, I didn't miss anything. Did you miss the part where I said "I'm not saying that would ever happen?" I'm just saying why many Americans rejected the opportunity to acquire a Canadian-type health system here, among other reasons. America is supposedly about equality too--it's the subject of the opening line in our Declaration of Independence. Yet that didn't stop the IRS from royally fucking people of certain political persuasions.
Okay let's clear up some stereotypes against socialist Canada. We do spend money on our military! We have a military I was in it so was my husband and brother and sister and several friends! Our military isn't quite like the states but we went over sea's and helped in World War II that's why we call out music awards he Juno awards after Juno beach. Back to health care though you know what I pay for prescription drugs $0 because I have insurance and even if I didn't which would probably mean I didn't have a job social assistance would pay for most if not all. I get to see doctor for free for any little thing and can go to any specialist also for free. I had a EKG done (which was came back fine) and that was free. When I have a baby I'll be taken to a semi private room or if my extra insurance covers it a private room and when I leave with a healthy baby that too will be free. The only time I've had to wait for an extended period of time was at the emergency room and I feel on my hand and it swelled like a balloon but it wasn't broken so more important cases went first. OTC meds are cheaper here too because it's government controlled they control costs so it's affordable for everyone things like voltern enamel gel cost $10 compared to the states whopping $40. Everyone uses the health care system at some point are you so against having a little taken away often to go towards when you absolutely need it? I'm glad having a baby won't cost me $12,000. Good for your daughter OP for appreciating a country that cares about it's people and people from all over the world.
Working in pharmacy (in both retail and hospital settings) I truly appreciate the government health care. The hospital I work at is an oncology hospital, and seeing the price of those medications I am more than willing to pay taxes towards helping these people. I haven't needed a hospital yet thank god, but when I do I'm glad to know I can leave without worrying about a new debt.
#137 I didn't say Canada doesn't fight, or that we don't have a military (Canada has been part of most, if not all major war operations globally) I just said that we don't throw a massive chunk of our dollars towards it, we instead choose to fund healthcare to take care of our citizens instead of arming up with expensive weaponry to go around killing others
162- they could, actually. Fresh, drinkable water is a limited resource and if we reach a point where other countries are desperate for fresh water and realize that we pretty much have it all, they could conceivably decide to "steal" our water. Not saying this would happen any time soon, but in the future, yes, it is a possibility.
First of all stop saying it is free. You had no upfront costs. You probably pay more in taxes then what you actually get out of the health care system. For a young healthy person they get screwed with the taxes. Also because of the system like you said you can go in for anything, which actually drives up the cost of health care which they would need to charge more in taxes because of how much people use. The healthy people get screwed over while the unhealthy get their moneys worth. The money you pay in taxes doesn't go towards you, it goes to the people who are using the services now. If you live old it could equal out more but in the end you might be paying more for the services since it is used so much. I do not know the numbers though. I do know that people, especially older and for expensive treatments, have had to wait for longer periods of time to actually get the money for the procedure or even tests. People have even died waiting to be treated. I know this because I have heard actual people talk about their parent who died waiting to get tests or treatments. From what I hear the Emergency room's are more crowded and the wait is longer for even when people have somewhat serious injuries. Oh yea, also the reason meds are cheaper in Canada then the States is because the price is regulated. Since the price is forced lower in Canada the med companies have had to raise the price elsewhere like here in the States. So thanks for screwing over our prices a little bit. Now of course theres good stuff about the system such as being able to get treatment. That was the goal but there are drawbacks. I believe about 1/3 of businesses money is actually taxes and 2%-5% is profit. Don't take my numbers as fact because this is done from memory. Now here in the states the system is broken. It wont magically be better because of "Obamacare" (forgot the actual name) and there is def things that can be done to improve the system here but they aren't being done and I don't know if they ever will.
OP here. I made an account so I could follow up. For those of you doubting my parenting: in my household, no banshee-like deed goes unpunished. Yes, this was a school suspension, for those unsure, and it was three weeks, which is pretty reasonable. Sadly, this is a continuation jr. high school for kids who've been permanently expelled (I'm surprised no one asked why she's still in school during the summer), where banshee-like behaviors such as this are not rare.