Quote from Fiona59
Yes, you are in for a very interesting time if indeed you are going into a Canadian nursing programme.
If you are a Canadian, you have taken advantage of universal healthcare (which is different from socialized healthcare) all of your life. Your children and partner have used it. You have received a heavily subsidized education for both your philosophy degree and now the nursing programme you are about to enter.
Do you accept child tax credits? I didn't receive any because our combined income said we didn't need it, so in effect I've been subsidizing you and your family for years.
How will you deal with working with people who know how to work the system? I work in an inner city facility and trust me many members of the inner city know to the last dime what they are entitled to.
In your philosophy studies did you ever encounter the concept of "the greater good"?
You bring up some interesting points. It's been very difficult for me being a Canadian libertarian... I grew up here, not much I can do but hope for change. I plan on taking my degree and leaving for the US as soon as I can to be honest.
As to your comments, my partner and I have always worked, so I too have been paying into the benefits that I receive. Also, we have always tried to not use the health care system as much as possible, and we do that through preventative measures. That is, my wife and I are both into bodybuilding and fitness, and maintain an impeccable diet... even when we were at our poorest (when we went bankrupt).
Now, in Canada, you will receive benefits, that doesn't mean that I don't think some of that is wrong. Not much I can do but leave, and trust me, I'm planning on it. I think the Canadian health care system is failing. Unless I'm wrong... and there haven't been job cuts? Are hospitals over funded? Pretty much no wait times for patients right? Here's the thing, Canada needs to change or we're gonna be in big trouble soon, that's for sure. We pride ourselves on a failing health care system, only look at the good, and ignore the trouble we're in.
I think the greater good is important, but here's the thing, many don't. I simply don't think it's right that we take the money of those who might not hold a similar view to perpetuate our own beliefs about life.