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post #31 of 52
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Originally Posted by willpower View Post
Cash. Basic visits to my doc are $65.

does he have a medical degree
post #32 of 52
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Originally Posted by dv_indian View Post
Agree with you 100%. Absence of a safety net is so scary.

Where do you live? Upper South Yemen? The US has a fairly good safety net.
post #33 of 52
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post
Where do you live? Upper South Yemen? The US has a fairly good safety net.

Nice try. Keep trying and someday you will learn how to be funny.
post #34 of 52
Mods, please move this to CE or DT. kthanxbi
post #35 of 52
The problem with Canada's healthcare system .. isn't the system. It's the country.

We have a rediculously low population density in Canada. It would be impossible to provide healthcare (and many other services) privately in most of Canada. So we try and do it publicly. But the problem still arises of providing healthcare for 30M people spread over the 2nd largest country by landmass in the world.

For the most part Canada's healthcare system is great. Same with the US's. It's on the fringes where the differences lie.

In the US you can get any procedure you want, when you need it. To get that .. you give up quality coverage to the extreme poor. Where in Canada, everyone gets coverage, at the expense of delays in elective procedures. To say one is better then the other .. it'll depend on who you talk to. Talk to anyone in the US who has a job .. and they'll take their private healthcare every time. Talk to the unexplainably poor in Canada .. and they'll want public.

The biggest thing that pisses me off about the Canada system .. you don't get to pay different rates based on your use of the system. The free system is bogged down by a very small, often very poor part of the population. Many people go their entire lives without requiring healthcare coverage. Yet .. they see no benefit. A 65 year old, who has been perfectly healthy needs a knee replacement and has to wait twelve months. But a morbidly obese 30 year old is on his 2nd heart operation with no wait time.

As for the tax rate comment .. well .. the US can keep dreaming about it's low tax rates. But when your government don't have a chance in hell of ever running a balanced budget .. those tax rates are going to have to change.

As for the OP's comment .. I'm Canadian. Never had the issue
post #36 of 52
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Originally Posted by imschatz View Post
As for the tax rate comment .. well .. the US can keep dreaming about it's low tax rates. But when your government don't have a chance in hell of ever running a balanced budget .. those tax rates are going to have to change.

That's not the solution to the problem at all and is unacceptable to the majority of the American population.
post #37 of 52
As a doctor, I think that the cost of becoming one is not fair.

Doctors should not be payed as much as they are. The miracles of modern medicine are developed by underpaid scientists and the crux of hospital care is carried by the poorly paid nurses.

OP:
do you have a swelling behind your knee? Do you feel a beat over the sore area?
post #38 of 52
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Originally Posted by tom0472 View Post
As a doctor, I think that the cost of becoming one is not fair.

Doctors should not be payed as much as they are. The miracles of modern medicine are developed by underpaid scientists and the crux of hospital care is carried by the poorly paid nurses.

OP:
do you have a swelling behind your knee? Do you feel a beat over the sore area?

You're a doctor and you don't know how to spell "paid"? I bet you got your M.D. from the Caribbean.
post #39 of 52
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Originally Posted by v.freeman View Post
You're a doctor and you don't know how to spell "paid"? I bet you got your M.D. from the Caribbean.

post #40 of 52
My apologies, spelling is not my speciality. I got my degree in a western European country from a respected school and I have spent time in a Californian hospital so I cannot be *that* bad.
post #41 of 52
Well, I guess that explains your perspective on healthcare. Unfortunately, I can't say I agree with you after watching my oldest brother go through med school, residency, and working to pay off student loans.
post #42 of 52
I will have a guess and say that, if being a doctor earned him the same standard of living as a less qualified job, he would still have done it.
post #43 of 52
Too big of a population to do the canadian system right now...

California by it self has more people in it then all of Canada.

The wait in the emergency room alone would be like 400 hours if every one had access and or free healthcare.......

We can't afford it with 2 wars as well.


Just so you know I don't have insurance as I can't afford it right now. Wish I had acess to it, but I don't want to fork over $150 a month for a high deductible plan. Im just paying cash at the doctors office (cheaper then paying a premium for insurance, unless I get in a big accident).

Once I finish college, I hope I will be able to afford to buy my own health insruance.
post #44 of 52
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Originally Posted by TylerDurden View Post

Once I finish college, I hope I will be able to afford to buy my own health insruance.

Does your campus have a health services? Might be able to get cheap/free service there.
post #45 of 52
When I lived in FL without insurance I found that most docs there would give a fair cash price and even try to help out by giving sample meds etc. Now I have this fkn Mass. mandatory health plan, costs $500 a month but covers absolutely nothing. Recently had a 5 minute clinic visit in NYC where I work, the place charged me a $25 copay (no problem) but then Blue Cross rejects it as "out of network"and the place follows up with a bill for $300. What a joke. And this is the model for Obamacare.
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