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