This great vid is getting a lot of play in the Canadian blogosphere.
Invitation to Canadians: tell your healthcare stories -- minor, major, funny, frustrating -- here, and/or at one of the other Canadian sites hoping to inform our southern friends:
Unrepentant Old Hippie
We Move to Vancouver.
This is my boring story that I posted at UOH:
In the hopes that Americans are visiting here, here’s an account of my encounter with the Canadian healthcare system this week.
I got an infected toe (don’t ask). I was treating it — soaking, antibiotic cream. But by Monday, I had to admit it wasn’t getting better. Called doc, asked if I could come in the next day. Yup. Zero wait in waiting room. Doc said I needed systemic antibiotics. Doc pulled out scrip pad. Moi: You got any samples kicking around? Doc: I’ll look. Yup, he did and handed them over.
Upshot — total cost: two transit fares. No waiting. No problemo. Not a bureaucrat in sight.
I wrote about that just because it was so minor and mundane. If I were uninsured in the US, as I surely would be, I'd think twice, thrice, and so on, before spending I-have-no-idea-how-much-dough on a doctor's visit. A minor ailment would become worse, more painful, perhaps dangerous, certainly more expensive to treat, more wasteful of my time and that of a bunch of trained professionals.
When heathcare is accessible and cheap/free, people take better care of themselves. They seek and get timely, cost-effective care.
Canadians live longer than Americans.
ADDED: The Huffington Post has this video. Lots of comments!