You can almost hear how someone in the US might vocalize that statement. A statement that might be more accurately portrayed in this cartoon:
However, I am approaching nearly half my life under socialized medicine and half my life under “capitalist” medicine. Though I believe there are doctors in Canada who might prescribe that way, I equally believe there are doctors in the US who would too. I have never had that experience with the three family doctors we had and I will probably move back to Canada one day because I MISS “FREE” HEALTH CARE!
There have been oh, so, many times that expression has been used, least of which are not:
1. The time I was bit by a spider in 25 different places on both legs at a GARAGE SALE on Rivermont Ave!
2. The time I was helping a friend by bringing over medicine because he had the flu and I ended up with strep-throat
3. The time I went to a homecoming party and found out that someone there ended up with swine flu!!
In every instance, the cognitive dissonance was this:
In Canada, all I would have to worry about was getting myself to a doctor, getting better, and the potential loss of income for sick days.
In America, the first thing I think, once I realize I’m headed to an MD, is: ‘Holy crap how much is this going to cost?’ ‘How on earth am I going to pay for the meds?’ ‘Dear Lord, please let me NOT be hospitalized,’ ‘How am I going to pay for this if I can’t work?’ and THEN I get to worry about getting better.
I recognize that my opinion is bias, as I can only speak from my immediate and extended families experience with socialized medicine, but in all the years I was part of the system – even through my mother’s cancer – never once did we have difficulty getting the medical attention we needed.
So with swine flu on the rise, and my bank account unstable…it is moments like these I really miss home.
What are your thoughts on health care? (The loaded question of the year)