Canadian Healthcare Myths

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.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.