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Universal health care would be a good thing

Discussion in 'North American Politics' started by Autodidact, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. Alceste

    Alceste Vagabond

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    Government expenditure on health as a percentage of total health expenditure
    Canada: 70.2% United States 45.1%

    Hospital beds per 10,000 population
    Canada: 34 United States: 32

    Infant Mortality rate per 1000 population
    Canada: 5 United States: 7

    Maternal Mortality per 100,000 live births
    Canada: 7 United States: 11

    Per capita total (government + private) expenditure on health:
    Canada: $3463 United States: $6347

    Life expectancy at birth:
    Canada: 81 United States: 78
     
  2. NoahideHiker

    NoahideHiker Religious Headbanger

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    Oh statistics are great but they don't give the human side. Like how many people die of cancer waiting for treatment that won't come in time. Or like the town that holds a lottery to see who gets to visit the doctor that week. Stuff like that.

    Please list for me all the things that our government does cheaply and efficiently.
     
  3. Alceste

    Alceste Vagabond

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    Government does public service more cheaply, effectively, ethically, transparently and with more accountability than the private sector. That's what it's for. It's just a matter of defining "public service".

    The statistics I posted DO give you the human side, if you have a scrap of imagination. Do I need to tell you the heartbreaking story of a particular woman dying in childbirth for you to understand that maternal death during childbirth is tragic (and conclude that lowering maternal death rates is therefore GOOD)? Do I need to give you the testimony of someone who deeply enjoys life to understand that 3 extra years of it is GOOD?

    The problem with only looking for anecdotal, single incidents that support your preexisting views is that everyone can do it. There's no objective measure of who has a better grasp on reality. That's why you need to look at research. Research goes a long way to cutting through subjectivity.

    You have to rely on the best data you have, and draw your conclusions from that. "The human side" is important in terms of identifying with your fellow man, but it's not at all useful in a logical analysis of whether a more socialised health care system would improve service and reduce costs in the USA.

    Edit: I did check with the WHO the probability per 1000 people of dying between 15 and 60 years of age, though, as it's potentially relevant to the question of how many people die due to not receiving adequate care or timely care. Canada: 72 United States: 109
     
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  4. Mathematician

    Mathematician Reason, and reason again

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    Kof. NASA. USPS. Park recreations. Kof

    Most social programs are intentionally snubbed out in order to promote inefficiency. Hullo. It's not the poor controlling the gubmint.
    "Deadbeats" being people whose jobs don't allocate enough money for proper necessities, yes.
     
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  5. Alceste

    Alceste Vagabond

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    Hey, now I just noticed something VERY interesting. Get out your calculators, kids, and have a look at the following two facts:

    Fact: Government expenditure on health as a percentage of total health expenditure
    Canada: 70.2% United States 45.1%

    Fact: Per capita total (government + private) expenditure on health:
    Canada: $3463 United States: $6347

    Math moment:
    What's 70.2% of $3463? ($2431.03)
    What's 45.1% of $6347? ($2862.50)

    Fact: The US government already spends more money per capita on health care than the Canadian government. ($431.47 more, to be precise).

    So Americans are already being taxed more than Canadians for health care. They just aren't receiving it. Where is all that money going? Private airplanes for doctors?
     
  6. Fluffy

    Fluffy A fool

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    Universal healthcare need not be run by the government.
     
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  7. methylatedghosts

    methylatedghosts Can't brain. Has dumb.

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    Wow... I just read the link from the first page...



    Oh noes! An incentive for people to visit the doctor more often! You know... I fail to see how this is a bad thing...



    And from my wallet to yours. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. Again... I fail to see how that is actually bad. Maybe I'm different to most people and am willing to lose a few dollars a week to see my neighbour get help with his asthma problem.



    I really don't get it... do people actually think that this threatens their way of life AT ALL? Are people ACTUALLY that afraid that their private lives are going to be effected so badly? Is this really such a huge problem as it's made out to be?



    .... sounds a little like conspirist theory to me...


    Seriously - If people actually think that these are real, serious problems, and that it's going to destroy their way of life so badly that they no longer can cope... I think it's time to see a psychiatrist about a wee paranoia problem... Other people seriously are not that bad!
     
  8. Willamena

    Willamena Just me
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    As well you shouldn't get it --it's utter nonsense.
     
  9. blackout

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    I dunno. We have relatively few health problems
    but when I need medical assistance
    (like right now) I cannot afford it.
    So I am stuck.

    In medical emergencies I can always get assistance for the kids.
    I appreciate that. (on account of income and number of children)

    Medical help simply costs more than what most people can pay for it.
    Even us "medical minimalists".
     
  10. Mathematician

    Mathematician Reason, and reason again

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    Rockwell owns 95% of all pro-market alarmist sites on the interwebs, me thinks. Alex Jones owns the rest. :p

    I'm waiting to see where - in any country with universal health care - the programs in place for coverage have intruded on liberties and privacy.

    And why is Rockwell complaining about privacy when he's anti-abortion? :sarcastic

     
  11. NoahideHiker

    NoahideHiker Religious Headbanger

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    Let's not forget the old saying about there being three different types of lies. Lies, damn lies and statistics. It all depends on who is gathering the stats and how.
     
  12. Alceste

    Alceste Vagabond

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    Yes, well, it's the World Health Organisation gathering the statistics, using the devious leftist methodology of research. I even posted a link so you can go gather some in your own way and present them with whatever conclusions your own assemblage leads you to draw.

    Or you can just dismiss the whole notion of facts, research and analysis and stick to simplistic, vague "expert opinions" from free market propagandists.

    Or you can read this article in the New York Times.

    The problem you have to face is that the belief that the US system is in any way superior to countries with universal health coverage is factually incorrect.
     
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  13. Alceste

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    Pardon me for quoting myself, but it seems this piece of blatant propaganda has really been making the rounds on the conservative blogosphere and in forums. So I want to clear up just one more crucial misrepresentation.

    The "Architect of Canadian Health Care" is not this Castonguay guy, (who I've never even heard of until today) but Tommy Douglas, voted "Greatest Canadian of all time" in a nationwide contest on CBC in 2004.
     
  14. Starfish

    Starfish Please no sarcasm

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    Alceste--I'm not criticizing the Canadian system, so please know I'm not bating you with this question. I'm just curious. If you need surgery that is non-life threatening like, for example, cataract surgery, or bunyon surgery--- Is there a waiting period, and if so, how long?

    Thanks! (BTW, it's helpful to hear your side.)
     
  15. Alceste

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    Wait times vary widely depending on resources and demand. Provincial governments are responsible for service delivery and they have very different policies. For example, I think in Alberta you have the option to pay for some surgeries if you don't want to wait. According to this article on the CBC, the average wait time is about 18 weeks.

    Although I'd be cautious with that figure, as it comes from yet another right wing propaganda foundation, the Fraser Institute.

    Unfortunately, it seems the US doesn't collect data on wait times, according to this article, so it's impossible to compare.
     
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  16. Starfish

    Starfish Please no sarcasm

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    Thanks. I'm not aware of wait times in the U.S. At least not more than a few weeks.
     
  17. Alceste

    Alceste Vagabond

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    According to who?

    Certainly not Business Week or the New York Times.

    I would be very interested to know how you came up with that figure, considering the total absence of data collection on wait times in the US.
     
  18. Willamena

    Willamena Just me
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    Woot!

    (I voted for David Suzuki.)
     
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  19. Starfish

    Starfish Please no sarcasm

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    Oh, sorry, I should have been more clear I guess. I just meant that from what I've seen and experienced around me. I never hear of people waiting. I just hear that they're going in for some procedure, or surgery, and never any mention of waiting for it. It just doesn't come up in conversation. I've never know anyone to have to wait months.

    But that probably isn't always the case. Maybe others here in RF have experinced wait times in the U.S.?
     
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  20. Reverend Rick

    Reverend Rick Frubal Whore
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    Geeze, lighten up mestemia, it was a joke. You always play the gotcha game, guess what, I have had cancer since I was 21 years old. Nice thing to happen after serving your country huh? I have had radiation till I can have no more, chemo and seven operations. If you must know, the reason I don't reply to many of your posts is because I can find no fault with them.

    Guess what buddie, the reason I quit smoking is because I need to have another operation which I am putting off while I make enough money to pay for it myself and have capital to live on while I recuperate. I could let someone else run my company, but I am afraid I would have nothing when I came back. Can you understand that?

    I don't get to negotiate my fees like insurance companies do and I am way to well off for assistance. I am ripe for the pickings. I can't file bankruptcy because I am fortunate to have something to show for my life and could sell everything I own and pay my expenses. You don't see me crying about my lot in life. I take it on the chin like a man. Life aint fair and you are smart enough to know this.

    If you think I hold my positions just for fun, you can kiss my butt. I am a man of principles even when they work against me.
     
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