quote: Although not alone in its challenges to providing appropriate and timely access to health care services, Canada lags behind other countries. A 2010 survey ranked Canada lowest among 11 countries for wait times in the following areas:• Seeing a doctor or nurse when sick: 33% of patients surveyed reported waiting six days or more for an appointment, 5% more than the country ranked second-lowest; • Seeing a specialist: 41% reported waiting two months or more, 7% more than the country ranked second-lowest; and• Having elective surgery: 25% reported waiting four months or more, 3% more than the country ranked second-lowest
quote: Nurse salary in Canada is less than half of USA, doctor salary is about what a US nurse makes.
quote: In a cross-national survey of sick adults in five countries, 40% of people in the U.S. said it was either very difficult or somewhat difficult to see a specialist, compared with 53% inCanada. Of the U.S. respondents indicating it was difficult to see a specialist, 40% cited long waiting times (vs. 86% in Canada), 31% cited being denied a referral or having to wait for a referral (vs. 10% in Canada), and 17% cited not being able to afford private insurance (vs. 3% in Canada). 14% of U.S. respondents indicated they had a "big problem" with long waits to get an appointment with their regular doctor, compared with 24% in Canada. Based on this data, more Canadians than Americans report that waiting lines are a problem when trying to see their physicians, although some Americans experience this problem as well. Also, more Americans report problems with obtaining referrals and cost of care as obstacles to seeing specialists.
quote: A "waiting list" is a list that patients are enrolled in once they opt to pursue an electiveprocedure, assuming that they cannot get this procedure performed immediately. In Canada, waiting lists do NOT exist for emergency procedures. It is a myth that Canadians with serious, life-threatening illnesses are enrolled on a waiting list before they can receive life-saving therapies.
quote: From 1994 to 1998, 2,031 Canadians were admitted to hospitals in Michigan, 1,689 to hospitals in New York, and 825 to hospitals in Washington. During this period, these hospitalizations represented only 0.23% of all the hospitalizations that occurred in the three provinces bordering these states.
quote: But it's a lot better than having people dying in the streets from curable diseases.
quote: Obama does not encourage anyone in America to live a more healthy lifestyle; rather he promotes horrible behaviors that spread disease and death