We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As we noted elsewhere, even ants have to police the rules to prevent cheating.
In other words, for the right to live in Quebec, many Quebeckers must fork over 65-70% of their yearly earnings.
The average tax burden (federal, provincial and local taxes, including income, payroll, sales and property taxes) in Canada is 42.5%, though some will pay more and some will pay less.
Perhaps Michael Moore is unaware that many Canadians are now forced to pay for private healthcare insurance without being able to opt out of paying for public healthcare (via the high income tax rate).
All Canadians are covered for basic health and medical services through the government medicare system, but most people also have supplemental insurance to pay for extras, such as private rooms, optometry, dentistry and outpatient prescription drugs.
Canadians spend about half per capita as people in the U.S., and for comparable results.
There is absolutely nothing laudable, moral, or appealing about such a system.
More weasel statistics from the kiddiez.
Comparing the U.S. to other countries does not take into account population size and geographical size of our country.
Sure compared to Canada, Germany, Switzerland, ...etc. seperately and sure our median costs of healthcare are going to be higher.
Add them all together, however, where the populations equal ~320 million people and all their GDPs and income tax structures to closely equal to the U.S. and one gets a better picture of the true costs comparatively.
The Peterson-Kaiser Healthcare Tracker apples and oranges approach is flawed in that respect.
But I wish I understood the thriving medical industry in Buffalo NY from Canadian citizens tired of waiting for their superior, happier, readily available health care economy. I guess I’ll have to wait for that to become apparent.
Annie: But I wish I understood the thriving medical industry in Buffalo NY from Canadian citizens tired of waiting for their superior, happier, readily available health care economy.
About 50,000 Canadians received non-emergency medical care in the U.S., or about 0.15% of Canada's population. Meanwhile, about 750,000 Americans received non-emergency medical care outside the U.S. or about 0.25% of the U.S. population.