Real Canadians Talking Real Health Care

Via US Health Crisis

As our health care debate has overheated, myths about the Canadian health care system abound. The Republicans and the media are using the Canadian system to criticize everything from the public option to breast cancer treatment as they continue to stonewall any reform. This video, and more like it, might finally change the debate by forcing the American media to get off their arses and go tell the truth about Healthcare around the world, and how it towers over the wretched mess we have in the United States. Too many lives are running out of time.

Why this video? Why now?

In the spirit of truth, my friend Matte Black (@Shoq on Twitter) and his brother took their video camera to Canada on vacation to interview Canadians about their health care system. When we talked about it, I asked him to try to get negative views with specifics for balance. Here is the result. It has been edited for brevity, but the negative views were not removed, because there were none. He could not find one Canadian who thought they should kill the system. These are everyday people. They have no agenda at all other than being patriotic Canadians.

Please watch it and share it with as many people as you can.

4 comments:

Brady Bonk said... / Sep 3, 2009, 2:13:00 PM  

Reposted at Ketchup is a Vegetable. Thanks to you and Shoq!

Shannon said... / Sep 3, 2009, 7:55:00 PM  

I'm a Canadian ex-pat living in Los Angeles, and everything in this video is accurate. I already commented on another posting of this fantastic video.

Lori said... / Sep 3, 2009, 8:24:00 PM  

I posted at Disqus.

I'm @LKid on twitter, and I saw that you didn't have any Canadian commenters here, so here I am.

Re: Canadians and co-pays- If you had called them "user fees" they would've recoiled in horror. Every decade or so a right-leaning politician will trot out the idea of "user fees" to try to discourage the hypochondriacs from using the system. Then someone trots out a bunch of metrics used by the provinces that show hypochondriacs make up a very, very small amount of users of the system.

Also, I've found that Americans can't understand the terms of reference for single payer. There is no "bureaucrat" making decisions. A doctor in my province won't treat something that isn't covered. There's no asking for permission to X, Y or Z. It is not one big HMO run by the government. The doctor/clinic/hospital simply bills or is given a budget. Things get paid for. I don't see a bill.

If you want something highly exotic or experimental or you have a disease that is so rare there's no specialist in your province or country who treats it, you'll be sent to the US or to the UK to get that specialized treatment. If it is so experimental that it is not likely to work, you probably would have to pay for that yourself.

I don't think that many Americans understand that government is what we call it when we decide we want to do something for the common good.

I don't think many Americans are willing to even consider one less nuclear weapons system research project in order to cover everyone.

I read once that America's healthcare system does awesome at really high-end, exclusive kinds of treatments and kind of sucks at everything else. Canada has a more difficult time with that niche stuff, but tends to get everything else right most of the time for most of the people.

I'm married to an American who would like to move back to the US eventually, but at this point I'm uninsurable because of MS. But to be blunt, after witnessing all this bullshit with the crazies and the media, I'm not sure I want to live there.

America runs way to hot and cold for this moderate Canadian.

Jason the Absurdist said... / Oct 15, 2009, 10:15:00 AM  

Tommy Douglas (Keifer Sutherland's grandfather, FWIW) was the Premier of Saskatchewan when he introduced universal health care to Canada starting with his province. In a CBC poll after his death he was chosen as the "Greatest Canadian" for this achievement.

That sounds like a hell of a ringing endorsement to me.

Details here: http://www.democracynow.org/2009/8/18/actor_kiefer_sutherlands_grandfather_tommy_douglas

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