Honest thoughts on US Healthcare system.
As you may all know, we the Canucks of Canadia, have benefitted greatly (in most cases) from having a universal healthcare system. I know that our single payer health care system has its inefficiencies as it relates to wait times for procedures, organ donations, and high costs of providing care in some areas, but through regular discussions with fellow citizens I find that nobody is opposed to the system we currently have as a whole. While we may disagree on logistics, funding and operations, I think us Canadians all agree that we wouldn't want any other system.
Ever since I moved to this country as a child, I always loved the fact that the government would always be there to protect us if we were to ever need it. This really resonated with me because it shows the Canadian government truly sees everybody as worthy of care. Coming from India where the playing field is ridiculously uneven between rich and poor, it was a great sight to see that you would be cared for no matter what. It doesn't matter if you are an investment banker with a 6 figure salary, or if you are a janitor cleaning the investment bank. You will receive the same type of medical attention without having to get a 2nd mortgage on your home.
I know the healthcare system is the cause of huge, nasty debates in the USA. I find it really sad that such a critical topic is so politicized with both sides of the political spectrum pushing their own crazy agendas. Maybe I am a little crazy, but I firmly believe that healthcare should be an inalienable right in such an advanced country like the USA. It is a sign of a highly developed nation and shows true empathy for its citizens.
I would love to hear any thoughts from fellow USA based WSO peeps on what they think about the healthcare system in the USA at the moment? What do you think it can do better? What is it doing well right now? How do you think it can be improved?