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Canadian Healthcare Myths

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by Ben Cohen

For anyone interested in the truth about socialized medical care, check out this article that debunks common myths (ie. Right wing propaganda) about Canadian Healthcare. The top two myths:

Myth: Canada's government decides who gets health care and when they get it.While
HMOs and other private medical insurers in the U.S. do indeed make such
decisions, the only people in Canada to do so are physicians. In
Canada, the government has absolutely no say in who gets care or how
they get it. Medical decisions are left entirely up to doctors, as they
should be.

There are no requirements for pre-authorization whatsoever. If
your family doctor says you need an MRI, you get one. In the U.S., if
an insurance administrator says you are not getting an MRI, you don't
get one no matter what your doctor thinks — unless, of course, you have
the money to cover the cost.

Myth: Taxes in Canada are extremely high, mostly because of national health care.

In actuality, taxes are nearly equal on both sides of the
border. Overall, Canada's taxes are slightly higher than those in the
U.S. However, Canadians are afforded many benefits for their tax
dollars, even beyond health care (e.g., tax credits, family allowance,
cheaper higher education), so the end result is a wash. At the end of
the day, the average after-tax income of Canadian workers is equal to
about 82 percent of their gross pay. In the U.S., that average is 81.9

Of course, none of this will dissuade the Right from crying 'Communism!' at any attempt to wrestle healthcare from for profit corporations, but then again, truth isn't exactly on the forefront of their agenda. But the battle is for the centrists, those vulnerable to the huge marketing campaign laid on by the insurance companies, and they can, and must be won over by facts. And the facts show that socialized medical care works far better than privatized care.