Does anyone else every get frusterated or mad when they hear someone refer to our healthcare system as "free". I just read the thread about someone wanting to come to Canada so that they could have their child for free, and it really struck a nerve with me. Yes, I understand for the most part our health care is no-payment up front, but it drives me crazy when people (yes, even fellow Canadians) assume its all FREE.....as if no one has to pay for it! Sure I won't get a bill at the end of my clinic visit, lab test, xray or hospital stay, but I've been paying for health care services whether or not I use them since I started working. Several times, with Canadians and Non-Canadians alike I've found people making statements about how our system is "Free". Then, when I try to explain our HIGH taxes, and the fact that we do actually pay for our healthcare, they just don't get it.....urgh. As if the money just comes out of thin air. I'm not knocking our system at all, just the perception some people have of it.
One of the girls I go to school with routinely goes to the ER for a sorethroat or a headache "just in case". I try to explain that you could just try to take tylenol/cough syrup on your own, but she always responds with "what does it matter, its free anyways. This way the doc can tell me if I really need it." Honestly, how do people think our health care is paid for!?!?
One girl in my class was an international exchange student, whose health care was fully covered by the exchange student health insurance plan. But, anyime she used services, she was sent an itemized statement for what her healthcare cost the insurance company. She actually saw the difference in cost from a clinic dr visit, to a clinic NP visit, to an ER visit. I think this would be a great idea to help make the public more aware of the actual costs of the health care they use.....maybe they might use it a little wiser, or have a greater understanding of where the money in our health care system goes.
Anyone else ever feel like doing this:
Feb 10, '07
Yes - here in the US we bang our heads on the wall too - I had a young mama tell me that she might as well call the ambulance to check her child's temperature for her because it was FREE! Well it is free for HER but somebody is paying the bill - in higher taxes, higher insurance premiums - it all gets paid for somehow!
Accountability is a key component - without that services that were meant for those who NEED them just get abused.
They do send these people the bill here in the US - but it doesn't make any difference - it's the same people who continually abuse the system. Those same people also know what it costs and have no intent of ever contributing anything to the system.
The folks who need the services and really have no other options - that I can understand.
Last edit by gauge14iv on Feb 10, '07