Forum:Question about Canada

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To any Canadian around here, I would like to ask: I've heard that the Canadian health system is pretty bad, is it true? — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs 20:58, 12 May 2015‎ (UTC)

There is no "Canadian health system." Each province runs its own independent system. Peace. AgingHippie (talk) 21:05, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, but I was asking generally, and no I didn't start this with the intention to insult Canada, it was simply curiosity, through I admit I might have been a bit blunt about it. (talk) 21:10, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
Not quite Canadian but close enough. Like the NHS, Canada excels at the extreme stuff and the routine stuff, but everything in the middle leaves a bit to be desired. However, it's sufficient and available and won't cost you an arm and a leg. Think of it like the US's Medicaid, but available for everyone.
If money isn't an issue, the US has the best care, but only a few people have enough money. Everything in between upper-middle class and Medicaid poverty is, well, fucked. That's not getting into defensive medicine which probably amounts to 1/3 of health costs... CorruptUser (talk) 21:11, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
ECWell, your question is difficult to answer with any degree of specificity. There are many health care systems in Canada. Some work better than others, and they all have their own strengths and weaknesses. But given that the last statistics I found on a quick Google search say that Canadians live three years longer than their neighbours to the south, I figure they must, in general, be doing something right, health care-wise. Peace. AgingHippie (talk) 21:14, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
It's just that I've heard that, if the doctors decide that you case isn't severe enough, you might end up waiting months to receive treatment or cirurgy, even if, say, an initial harmless thing becomes infectious later. Is this a fact or is it bullshit? (talk) 21:16, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
I've never heard of such a thing, but discussions based on rumour and anecdote aren't particularly useful. Peace. AgingHippie (talk) 21:22, 12 May 2015 (UTC)