How Canada’s Universal Health-Care System Works

When you hear people talk
about health care in America there is one country
that seems to get a good amount of attention. It’s a single payer
health care system. Kind of like the “Medicare
for All” plans that some well-known Democrats
have been promoting. In fact, the system’s
unofficial name is also Medicare. It has
universal coverage. It has relatively cheaper
drug prices than the United States and it also
has reports of long waiting times and endless
reams of red tape. You’ve probably guessed
which country we’re talking about: Canada. Canada’s health care system
is playing a larger role in America’s political
discourse, as the 2020 presidential elections
heat up. Progressives on the left
love pointing to Canada as an equitable and
efficient health care system. Conservatives, on the other
hand, use Canada as an example when warning
about the dangers of socialized medicine and
unchecked bureaucracy. So how different, really,
is Canada’s health care system from what’s going on
in the United States. In 2017, it’s estimated
that Canada spent around 10.4 percent of its
GDP on health care. By comparison the United
States is estimated to have spent about 17.2 percent of its
GDP that year. The OECD estimates that
Canada spent around 4,500 USD per person in 2017. In the United States,
though, the figure is expected to be at least
double that at ten thousand dollars
per person. Out-of-pocket spending is also
lower in Canada. On average Canadians spent
around 650 USD per person in 2016. The average for
Americans was around eleven hundred dollars
that year. Canada still spends more than
the average of all 36 OECD countries, which
comes in around 3,800 dollars per person
and 8.8 percent of GDP. Despite spending less than
the United States, Canada’s medicare system
ensures citizens have universal coverage for medical
needs that are deemed essential something
the U.S. hasn’t accomplished. Canada also has comparable
or better health outcomes than the U.S. even though it
spends less money. But, compared to other
countries, Canada’s health care system has
room for improvement. Researchers looked at the
rate of deaths that could have been prevented
with proper access to care across 11 countries. Canada ranked seventh on
the list while America was last. We can see the same
trends in infant mortality rates. Canada outperforms
the U.S. but other countries like
Sweden and Australia have much lower infant
mortality rates than Canada. Canadians also live
longer than Americans. Canada’s average life expectancy
is among the highest of all the countries
and is nearly four years higher than
the U.S.. Additionally, Canada’s maternal
mortality rate is almost four times lower than
that of the United States and more Americans
die of heart disease and stroke
than Canadians. So how does Canada manage
to spend less money than the United States
while having a more effective health
care system? Canadian medicare is a
publicly funded model with private delivery. The system was established
in order to ensure equity among citizens
regardless of people’s ability to pay. It was also created
in order to keep administrative costs low. “There’s no private plan
can take cognizance of the family’s ability
to pay. Only a government can levy
taxes on that basis.” All Canadians receive
their coverage through Medicare which is run at
the local level by each of the 12 provinces
under federal supervision. “So basically the health
ministry in the capital in Ottawa determines what
procedures are going to be covered. What we’re going to
pay for it. What pills we’re going to
cover on our list. These are decisions that
are made separately by insurance companies, basically,
in the United States.” That’s T.R. Reid author of the book
“The Healing of America.” He traveled the world
exploring different health care systems and how well
they work in Canada. “Everybody has the
same treatment. They would drive them nuts
if George got better health care than Sam did. That’s that’s not
acceptable in Canada.” There’s some variation on what
is covered based on province but most medically
necessary care is covered with no
out-of-pocket costs. There are some
universal exceptions. Prescription drugs are
not considered essential under medicare. Dental, mental health, and
optometry are also not covered unless they
are considered medically necessary. Because Medicare does
not cover everything. Most Canadians also buy
private health insurance through their employers to
supplement out of pocket expenses. They cannot however use
that private insurance to purchase care that is
covered under the government plan. “If there’s any treatment
or procedure or surgery that the system covers under
its rules, then you can’t buy it privately. This is because – you know
how in America we hate this notion of socialized
medicine, whatever it seems that’s
really bad… in Canada the bad thing
is what they call two tier medicine. That is, they don’t
want rich people getting better care for all that
would be terrible that would violate their basic
gallantry and values. In America we kind of take
it for granted that a rich kid is going to
get better treatment than a poor kid, that’s kind
of standard. In Canada, that would
be taboo. That’s a sin.” In 2015, private funding
such as household out-of-pocket costs and
private insurance spending accounted for about
30 percent of health care spending in Canada. Despite the majority of
health care being publicly funded, most
hospitals and doctor’s offices are privately
owned and operated. Doctors who own their
own private practices are considered contractors who
bill the government insurance fund for
their services. The government is
not their boss. “The doctors are not
allowed to practice outside of the system. They can either practice
completely in the government medicare system or
completely out of it. And there are very
few places Canada where a doctor can make a
living without taking the Medicare patients, and therefore
for most people that’s the only choice.” Despite having universal coverage
the system still has some problems. Wait times are longer in
Canada than the United States. In a 2016 survey
53 percent of Canadians said they were not able
to get an appointment on the same or next day
when they were sick or needed attention. The United States performed
slightly better at 42 percent. Out of all of
the 11 countries surveyed, Canada performed the worst
in that category. Thirty percent of Canadians
said they waited two months or longer to see
a specialist compared to 6 percent in
the United States. Nearly one in five Canadians
waited four months or more for elective surgery while
only 4 percent of American respondents said
the same. About 60 percent of
Canadians find it difficult to access medical care
in the evenings, on weekends or during holidays
without going to a hospital. These long wait times
can lead to the overuse of the emergency
room, where half of Canadians said they’ve waited
two hours or more to be seen. “It’s a good system but
it doesn’t work that well in Canada, interestingly. In its own home country,
there are long waiting lines. You know, there
are constant stories about care being denied or people
just had to wait months just to
see the doctor. And I believe that’s because
the Canadians are too cheap about it. They just don’t spend enough
on health care to have a lively system. Some provinces like
Saskatchewan where this started, have shorter waiting
times for both acute and elective treatment
than most of the United States. So there are parts of
Canada where it works.” Not all medical care is
covered in Canada which leads people to
have significant out-of-pocket costs. Medicare does not classify
prescription drugs as essential which means they
are not covered for many patients. There are some social
programs to help Canadians pay for drugs, but the
benefits vary by province. For example, Ontario
provides prescription drug coverage for anyone under 24
years old who does not have
private insurance. The province also has a
drug program for people 65 and older. Canadian pharmaceutical costs are
also not as controlled as
other countries. Canada spends approximately the
same amount as the UK on pharmaceuticals
despite having only half the population. There are also no
out-of-pocket caps on spending. In 2015, Canadians spent
around $670 U.S. dollars per capita on
retail prescription drugs compared to the United States
per capita costs of roughly 1000 dollars
in 2016. One in 10 Canadians did
not fill a prescription or chose to skip a
dose due to cost. This is still significantly
better than the United States where nearly
one in five people chose not to buy
medication because of cost. Despite the problems Canadians
are proud of their health care system but they
do recognize it needs reform. 94 percent of Canadians surveyed
said it was an important source of both
personal and collective pride. But nearly one
in four Canadians were concerned about whether they would
be able to pay for all of the care they
might need if they ever became seriously ill. Despite that concern 45
percent of Canadians rated the overall quality
of medical care in Canada as excellent or very
good and nearly three quarters said the same of
their personal care in the past year. “The citizens are
crazy about It. It’s egalitarian and treats
everybody the same. That’s the most important
societal value in Canada is treating
everybody equally. The other thing they like
about it is they know it’s better than the U.S. system. They have better
outcomes, they have better recovery rates from
disease, they have longer life expectancy and they
pay less and man they love being better
than the U.S.. That matters
to Canadians.”

100 Replies to “How Canada’s Universal Health-Care System Works”

  1. These Americans don't know that there is no waiting for urgent medical issue in Canada. I once had to wait for 8 hrs in a Canadian hospital because my condition was not urgent, while watching other patients got treated before me. I was not happy, but I will be even less happy if someone die because of me.

  2. Show me how all the negatives pointed out in those bar graphs about the Canadian Medicare system show that the US was worse. But pay close attention who's number one consistently? It's Sweden and what kind of Healthcare System do they have over there, I wonder? I guess this was a good video but it just bolsters the point that socialized medicine is the way to go in with Bernie Sanders plan it would not only cover more but also cover vision and dental while you can still buy supplemental insurance if you'd like. It is stupid and evil for someone to go bankrupt or even die because they can't get access to healthcare.

  3. Silly. Much easier for us to manage a system with only such a small population. Our health care system is not free. We pay for it through our taxes. Both systems have there Merritt's. People fly from all over the world for mostly US system. Although we do have some great hospital's. The best doctors are in the US. Our best doctors go to the U.S. just like our best hockey player etc…money is a great motivator.

  4. Canada … where the tax's are so high you need 3 jobs to raise a family. Why, because the healthcare tax's which are embedded in every ta, including income tax, sales , tax etc. etc. You might as well pay an insurer and get more bang for your buck. Canadians live longer because America has a lot of black people who keep killing each other.

  5. I'm Canadian and what they doesn't say in the video about the waiting time is the moment you check in at the hospital you are assigned a priority. If you have something like a stupid cold (cause some people still go to the hospital for that) then make sure your cell phone is fully charged cause you're in for a long wait. All other superior priorities will go first. It's not first come first serve.

  6. Canada, Germany, UK, Schweden they all have way better medical care then the US. The US is better spend their money to sensless wars all around the world…………..

  7. Trust me I'm from Canada and I'm here to tell you that it doesn't work all that good you have to take the service the government gives you our lineups are four and five hours long I would gladly pay for my own Medical Services the average Canadian pays around $15,000 a year for medical services it's nothing's free people it's buried in your taxes

  8. Canada's health care system has led Canadians who have an American spouse to move to the US for health care. I know of these people. Anyone with a serious health issue cannot live under Canada's equitable system. They need what the US offers. These comparisons of the two countries, with the US coming out inferior, are apples and oranges. Of course the US has higher health care costs and worse outcomes – look at the difference in the two populations. Canadians are predominantly European in origin and does not have the crime and murder of the US. The difference is in the people. No wonder the US has worse health outcomes – a lot of homicide victims which Canada doesn't have. It also has a large illegal immigrant population, many of whom are ill and in need of US health care which is costly. Naturally, our yearly costs are higher! These people won't go to Canada, where they won't benefit as they want to. Americans are more diverse and more likely to be ill or crime victims.

  9. So with all those savings in health care why is Canada's Dept to income ratio at 183 % and the US is 103 %, Free health care in the end Costs you down the line somewhere. You cant separate Free Health care from other economic factors.

  10. Aside from the long wait at non emergency situations, I’m very proud of our health care system here in Canada. Sure we will always have room to improve, I doubt even the best health care system in the world would not need improvements. We value life over proceeds. Now my only complaint is the parking space that charges by the mins.

  11. This is a true story. It involved my neighbors sister in law who is American. She was here in Ontario where I live. I got talking to her about health care in US vs Canada. So, Jan has mental health issues like many women and men do. The drug she was on was to help her with depression and it worked well but was also damaging her liver. She had no idea why she was feeling sick but went to our hospital in Brantford On. Doctor who saw her told her her depression meds were damaging her liver. So, I asked her, how much did it cost. Obviously she had to pay out of her own pocket being a non resident. She told me it cost her $25 000 CAD. I asked her how much it would have cost for same care in her home state of UTAH…..She told me it would have been about $200 000 US. I asked her if our health care is as good or inferior to US care. Her answer was our health is equal to US care. She said only difference was decor in US hospital would be a bit nicer in hospital rooms. Jan told me this story about 4 or 5 years ago.

  12. Free insurance doesn’t mean I should give up all my paycheck that’s the problem something is a tax they just want more we need give me

  13. Long Lines for what?? the Restroom? there are lines for Emergency Room because people go there for non emergency like having a cold or flu. You don't get a bill of any kind when you leave. Private Insurance?? Not many people have it, unless they know there are unhealthy? and or want specialized surgery??

  14. My wife was feeling ill took her to ER the triage nurse realized she was having a stroke, Immediately the Doctor examined her they quickly called for an ambulance to transport her to University Hospital since the small town hospital does not have the resources for a stroke patient. The Ambulance arrived 2 paramedics and a nurse accompanied my wife code 4 to the larger center.
    Cost $45 for Ambulance

    At University Hospital she had all the scans and tests that were needed including MRI.
    She stayed at the Hospital 3 days

    No cost

    Now she is recovering she has a speech therapist coming in, She had a physiotherapist coming to the house for a month, now she goes to an out patient clinic for physiotherapy.

    No cost.

    So like a person said some where below if you go to ER in Canada with a non life threatening illness you may wait a bit.

    But if its life threatening there is no waiting.

  15. Comparison of wait times means nothing when you know that a significant number of U.S. citizens cannot afford certain surgical procedures. My fiancé waited just under a year for a procedure to fix his deviated septum but his American counterpart may not have even put his name on the waiting list all because he can’t afford it.

  16. The whole idea is to eat healthy, live healthy, and think healthy…it is a huge issue with the medical admin system…doctors need to do tons of paper work for each patients…we should really focus on real issues!

  17. As a Canadian I am proud our country is not rich with oil. We would have been invaded long ago and we would have the same healthcare as Americans.

  18. There is polling data that shows that Canadians love their health care system. Not one politician in Canada advocates for either moving to a US type system or scaling back their existing system.
    Also saying that Canada has a lot of red tape is absolutely ridiculous. The US spends about 30% of health care dollars on red tape. No other country in the world comes anywhere near that.
    When I saw the video was made by CNBC I figured it would be corporate propaganda, but I thought I'd keep an open mind and see what they had to say.

  19. The man who brought Universal healthcare to Saskatchewan was Tommy Douglas. Under the Liberals, Lester Pearson brought it to the rest of the country. Tommy Douglas is very well thought of in Canada and is the grandfather of Kiefer Sutherland.

  20. I am a Canadian we have all the same tiered treatment. The medical care is paid from our taxes. Additional, healthcare is added for allied healthcare like dentist etc.

  21. It's difficult to compare the two systems – Canada's population is about 11% of the US population is more homogeneous.

  22. You can pay for "Extended health care" in Canada which covers more things like chiropractor and physiotherapy. It's the difference between paying $40 CDN verses $75 CDN per month (approximate numbers). People who are elderly or who need ongoing special care would opt for this. Canada does need more long-term care beds but I know people who work in that industry. That is a growing business.

  23. Saw a Doctor on Friday, saw a cardiologist on Tuesday, Had a quintuple bypass on Monday– the personal cost to me–no bill yet and that was 6 years ago.

  24. "It would drive them nuts if "george" got better care than them" meanwhile americans are all under the impression that they're just a currently inconvenienced rich person whose gravyvtrain is just one lotto ticket away and then they'll get that sweet sweet rich people insurance. What crap have we sold our middle and lower classes. We could all have good insurance if we just banded together vs want to see ourselves to better than our neighbor.

  25. No one waits months to see a Dr. You wait months to see a specialist as a referral. But to see your regular family Dr. No. Maybe a few days because you have an unscheduled appointment but that’s it.

  26. This is great information!

    Now look up the Canadian federal and provincial tax rates. Good luck getting a split congress to vote this in.

  27. As a Canadian I am proud to say that I love our health care system. It really takes away the worry from not being able to pay the hospital bills. Bills we usually pay in the hospitals are parking and tim hortons coffee.

  28. This explains why Canadians come here for treatment and major surgeries… oh wait, this actually doesn’t explain why hahah 😂. US has the best QUALITY health care in the world.

  29. Lmfao being Canadian I can tell you the healthcare system is overrated compared to being billed as better than the US. Canada has the same issues with regards to rising out of pocket prescription drug and private insurance costs for mental, dental and vision care. The universal system does not cover prescription drugs for anyone under 65 outside immediate hospital/emergency room care. There are some piece-meal programs for the very poor but the rest pay a lot out of pocket or with higher Private insurance premiums, deductibles and co-payments. Add to that healthcare expenditures tend to be the largest line item in provincial budgets (like US state budgets). They are largely funded through higher provincial sales taxes (compared to US states) and Health transfer payments from the Federal Government. Those Federal Health Transfer Payments to provinces are largely financed by Canada's 5% Federal GST – a nationwide sales tax in addition to provincial ones and something the US has never had. Healthy and young Canadians pay an arm and leg through higher sales taxes on their everyday purchases for their universal health coverage. It is really only the sick and elderly Canadians who get the most service (Canadians over 65 get free drug coverage) that are getting the best deal because in the US they would likely be paying ridiculous health insurance premiums over pre-existing conditions that would greatly exceed any taxes they have paid in Canada. Notice how the countries with two-tier healthcare like Australia, Sweden, UK and the Netherlands perform much better than Canada in all the quality indicators – they maintain both a public and private healthcare system that helps move the wealthy off of billing the taxpayers for their healthcare in exchange for shorter wait times. Without this option all Canadians suffer with ridiculous wait times while the wealthy Canadians still spend their money on quality private healthcare just in the US (so money is leaving Canada).

  30. As a Canadian I can tell you this report is very slanted. I can go see a family doctor or general practitioner at a walk-in clinic on the same day 100% if I needed, even on a Sunday. Resources might be limited but if your condition is debilitating you will get care immediately. This report also neglects to highlight a major advantage of this system: nobody in Canada declares bankruptcy due to medical expenses even in the case of cancer. There are reasons why Canadians love our 1-payer healthcare system and being better than America's is very low on that list. Do better CNBC.

  31. Something is wrong about the medication system they are describing. Here is a detailed report by the Fraser Institute on each provinces coverage.

  32. We love being better than the US? Not only is that not true, it's also not a very hard thing to accomplish anymore. The US is no where near the top in so many categories.

  33. So wait… Canada treats their citizens as human beings….I need to move over there….the USA has a lot to learn

  34. The USA could have a system similar to Canada's if we simply scrapped our military industrial complex. Most of this military spending is simply going to defending countries who ought to defend themselves.

  35. Taiwan and Japan's healthcare coverage is also eons above America.

    Only reason why this system isnt in place in America is because Corporate America will lose SOOO much money.

  36. As a Canadian if I need my doc urgently I tell the front desk at my doc office and she will get me in asap meaning the time it takes to drive to her OR she tells me, based on what I tell her, to go to the hospital. The problem is once doctors finish their schooling, in Canada, they go to the states (docs make more money in US) which leaves us with a shortage on doctors in Canada 🍁 When it comes to prescriptions costs they are based on my taxes and in January (I know a stupid month to do this but…) pharmacare, part of the government, calculates how much my deductible will be. (I pay 30% & the government pays 70%) In January I would pay 30% of my prescriptions until I have paid the deductible say $200, I take quite a bit of meds so it doesn't take long to get to that amount. Once I reach the $200 my cost for prescriptions for the rest of the year is $0 and January it starts all over again. I don't pay for healthcare because I was a single Mom and considered low-income so government pays my healthcare.

  37. I do not care about poor people, I have private health care which I pay for. I have a great career that pays over 250k a year. When will these poors ever be held accountable for their own bad life/career choices?

  38. I'm not from US or Canada… But I can imagine Joey from F.R.I.E.N.D.S for getting his surgery without insurance…

  39. This white guy talking about the Canadian healthcare system is a complete idiot lmao I’m Canadian born and raised and we don’t have these long wait times like this video communicates, come to Canada and see for yourself, this is a complete BS video… you can also clearly see the bias and jealousy at the end of the video when he talking about Canadians “love being better than the US” lmao what a joke, were better than the US on every standard and were not cocky about it, apply for permanent residency buddy you can come here too, clearly that’s your dream

  40. YAH OFC IF U ARE RICHER THEN YA U SHOULD GRT BETTER HEALTHCARE! IT JUST MAKES SENSE! Not everyone deserves or needs the same healthcare and this shows that some people do not have time longer wait times because some procedures are urgent button down cover under their socialist system.

  41. One of the reason why Canada has free Medicare is because it's population is not as mass as the u.s, u.s population is 327.2 million and Canada population is 37.06 million.

  42. In Canada we only have wait times for non-urgent surgeries and treatments. Where I live you wait a month or two for a non-urgent MRI, but if you need one urgently you can get in that day. And there are new family medicine practices models where now I can get to my family doctor later that day if it’s urgent. I don’t mind waiting for things that aren’t as serious if it means that when something serious happens like an accident or serious illness, money and bankruptcy aren’t something I have to worry about. You walk out of the hospital and the worst you might have to pay is for parking.

  43. Not a bad report but I think he played up the cons a bit much. For instance, just to give an example since I hear Americans say that we don't give our old people joint replacements, etc…. My Mom's neighbour, who is 86 years old, just had her second hip replacement done and she only waited a month for the operation (and she could walk, she was suddenly started to have a lot of trouble so they decided to schedule it.) Sure, some people wait longer, it's also going to depend on the availability of medical facilities and staff in the area where you are and you have to remember that Canada is a country with many remote locations so that affects things. We are also a country where there's 2 or 3 cities that have become overpopulated and therefore resources are strained with too much demand… In short, sure we need improvements but all systems do, I still wouldn't ever change it to a private system. And ya, that private insurance that some people get through employers… pretty damn cheap and it just covers drugs, eyeglasses, and stuff not covered such as chiropractic, massages, etc… I used to have it and it was super cheap. I paid something like less than $2 per week for myself back then (about 10 years ago) through my employer. I haven't had it since so I can't say.

  44. Well, I'm still grateful for our system 🇺🇸. To the haters, just gtfo out America, and move to Canada, or Europe, problem solve 😀👍

  45. Big money created two political parties in America to argue about everything under the sun except what actually matters for the basic citizens life.

  46. I also think part of the reason why canadians have less death from heart attacks is because we are more strict with the junk foods sold to citizens. And typically that helps a bit more with the obesity problem too.

  47. Ever think that Canada spends less money because Canada has 40 million people there and US has… ohhh, THREE HUNDRED MILLION???

  48. In msia we have both.. GOV Hospital which HIGHLY subsidized n private healthcare… For those who want private HC, they can get a health insurance coverage…

  49. Beware! Canada's waiting list problem is not a simple discomfort like this video is portraying. People die waiting for surgery. Like these 12 people that doctors said have died waiting for hearth surgery.

  50. at 0:39 they say " progressives on the left " and show Kamala Harris. There are many other people that were not shown that would be more progressive than Kamala Harris that are running in 2020. She is not consistent on her views about M4A. Why is the media jamming her down our throats.

  51. Let me add perspective from a Canadian. 1st of all our system is not called Medicare or anything like that. It has different names depending on the Province. Usually Pharmacare. It is a very good system because if you need hospitalisation you are covered equally, rich or poor. It’s actually great. But, outside of needing hospitalisation, our version of Medicare / Medicaid) called Pharmacare (or OHIP IN Ontario, and RAMQ in Quebec), there are huge disparities in cover from Province to Province. As brought out in this video, in Canada you need private insurance cover as well. If you can’t afford it, ie you are poor, you will not have the same access to drugs, optical, mental, dental services as the rich.
    Why do we pay less? One reason is that we have huge wait times. If you go to the hospital and it’s not an emergency, it is not unusual to wait 6 to 8 hours soo see a Dr. You may be in the excruciating pain….too bad. Hip or knee replacement…6 to 9 months…MRI…2 to 3 months (non emergency- say you tear all the ligaments in your knee). Another reason is that we don’t get the latest, most up to date drugs and treatment options available in the US. Thirdly, drugs in the US are generally much more expensive than in Canada (same drug). Finally, in the US some hospitals just rip patients off. I think this is an accurate synopsis.

  52. Most Canadians feel the same way about our healthcare system as Americans do about freedom of speech and/or the right to bear arms.

    "You can pry my Canadian healthcare out of my cold, dead hands!"

  53. People people calm down with all these Free healthcare BS. What is interesting is that the video does not disclose the cost of it and the high taxes Canada has for personal income and other taxes such have a VAT for product and services and other taxes so how is it "Free". Also the employer and employee contribute to their own medical insurance but they don't mentioned the long wait people have to wait for medical treatment. The USA provides more social programs and people with low income and families qualify for medical assistance and can qualify for Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP plus if you have a JOB many employers offer health insurance and cover about 70 to 80 percent of the monthly premiums. I am sure Democrat voters and Bernie Sanders supporters will say otherwise. SMH.

  54. 1. If someone wants to pay for a private doctor, is this allowed in Canada? (No, it appears. See 4:18. 2-tiered not allowed.)
    2. Do Canadians get to pick their doctors?
    3. What is the quality of Canadian doctors?

  55. Nah I don't agree with this at all……there is a ton of walk-in clinics now so wait times have gone down no need to go to a hospital unless its an emergency and people who have jobs even part time workers get coverage from there employer. Also if you a go to college or university students also get medical and dental cover from the school you go to. So yeah our system isn't perfect but it's pretty damn good, one less thing to worry about.

  56. Most of the complaints in the Canadian system (if you listen closely) is elective surgery not emergency surgery. The wait time issue is really overblown by US legislators but not accurate. Yes there is a wait in the Emergency Room, but not if you need immediate care. If your leg is broken or you're having a heart attack you are rushed into care. The wait time is for those who have (for example) the flu or a rash. Any system could be improved in some way, but it's pretty damn impressive and free. If you receive free health care from birth you are going to be a healthier adult and the systems costs are reduced over your lifetime (which is also longer).

  57. 1:45 That's not true at all. If you have a non-emergency situation, depending on what your medical need is, there's a moderate chance that you'll receive no care and be forced to look into a private hospital. The idea that all medical treatment is guaranteed for all is a lie. One perpetrated by the Canadian single-payer system.

  58. I had MRIs, ultrasounds, 7 ER visits, and a $20 000 shoulder surgery and broken left leg surgery along with the 6 week hospital stay all for free in Canada while living in poverty for most of my life. So it’s not about being better than America, it just is. Yes I’ve waited in the hospital for hours but when It was really urgent, I was seen in minutes.

  59. WOW!!! Putting ideology before logic and practicality. So, if someone has the means to pay out of pocket to get the care he needs, he gets denied, because it goes against a "collective" ideology. THAT IS BACKWARDS AND STUPID.

  60. I think Canada's Medicare system could benefit with more technology and data analytics. Will be studying data analytics soon; willing to contribute later on

  61. So the USA pays alot more for inferior healthcare, sounds like some privileged few are getting richer at the detriment of the sick poor

  62. One thing i watched on youtube from a vlogger who is american and living in the UK, is that UKs healthcare is similar to canadas but one thing that they have that here in the us does not is that their doctors can give medical advice over the phone, why is that allowed there and not here in the states??? Why is it illegal here??

  63. The USA does not have a health care system. It has a health insurance industry. To say that the health insurance industry is a health care system is akin to saying that your auto insurance is your car care system.

  64. Having accessed both systems for decades with literally thousands of necessary interactions I can say I know a little bit about this topic. Canada’s system is far superior. End of story.

  65. AMERICANS, please read! I urge you to do your own research about Canadians Universal Healthcare System. The statistics show that nearly 30% of health needs are not covered by the Universal plan. Some examples are dental, vision and the BIGGEST ticket is many prescriptions are still out of pocket for Canadians.

    Furthermore, private healthcare plans for Canadians have increased by over 220% since 1975. There is a staggering amount of Canadians who need to purchase a private healthcare plan to “top off” there Universal Healthcare plan.

    So I urge you to do your own research, because what this data tells us is that Americans will only acquire an additional universal healthcare plan, but will likely still keep their private plan, because of an exhausted list of things that are NOT covered.

    The end result is paying more for our healthcare because of higher taxes!

    Read this article-

  66. Let's keep in mind that these other countries that are being compared to have much smaller populations. The US is the third-largest country in the world by population.

    The NHS in the U.K. must compete with private insurers, but these are prohibitively expensive.

    Also, let's not forget that 40% of all medical patients who leave their home countries come to the USA.

  67. So now suppose you're a CEO of a very important company. You have come down with a rare disease that an experimental medicine can cure. No province is willing to provide coverage, but private insurance would be. What happens?

  68. You forgot to mention how Canadians have to come to the United States when they can't wait 2 years for a life-saving operation or if their government just flat out denies them the operation.

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