How’s Obamacare working in Canada?

How’s Obamacare working in Canada?

Canada has injected its version of Obamacare into its body politic for more than 40 years. How’s it working?

The following video is from the CBC, Canada’s government-run media system.

The video reports that, in British Columbia, “wait times are getting longer.” Already, it takes more than 5 years to get a routine operation for a sinus condition.

The median wait time for surgery in B.C. has risen to 19.3 weeks, from 18.8 weeks in 2010. That’s now almost 5 months.

Mike de Jong, the top B.C. health-care functionary, says they’re performing 25 percent more surgical procedures than 10 years ago. No doubt. As in America, Canada’s Baby Boomers are aging and need more care.

Looks like we’ll be putting up with the same thing soon. Except that we won’t enjoy the one thing Canadians do from their system: overall medical costs about half that in America.

In typical modern American fashion, under Obamacare we’re going to combine the high cost of capitalism with the incompetence of socialism.

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  1. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 10 September, 2013, 14:29

    You can thank the Private insurance corporations for everything that is wrong with the healthcare system and what it has become!!! And a very close 2nd is the big pharma companies!

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    • John Seiler
      John Seiler Author 10 September, 2013, 14:32

      NTHEOC: For once, I agree with you. But we need some perspective. Private insurance became popular during World War II as a way around wartime price controls. Then the private insurance companies became powerful; the govt. started regulating insurance; Medicare, Medicaid, etc. got into the act, intertwined with Big Pharma, Big Insurance and Big Hospital. The far better way was to just directly pay your doctor or hospital. Costs were about 1/10 of what they are now, even for major surgery; the poor were taken care of by charity. It was called freedom.

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  2. Queeg
    Queeg 12 September, 2013, 11:49

    In the days of charitable health care life expectancies were much lower, doctors were referred to as ” saw bones” and a home doctor visit cost a dozen eggs and a couple of squash.

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    • John Seiler
      John Seiler Author 12 September, 2013, 13:03

      Actually, the time period I’m referring to is prior to 1967, when Medicare first was imposed (it passed Congress in 1965). My father was a district judge in Michigan and our family didn’t have medical insurance until 1970. We did just fine.

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