Is Health Care a Right? - page 41

Just want to see your opinion (friendly discussion, no flaming, please). Is health care a right that should be enjoyed equally here in the U.S.? If so, how would this be financed without breaking... Read More

  1. by   fergus51
    My dad here got a knee replaced in less than 4 months (from the time the GP referred him to an ortho). Not that this really adds anything to the conversation, but you actually wouldn't have to wait 2 years if you are in your forties because people on workers comp. get to go to the head of the line along with police and armed forces. My dad was already retired when he got his and was annoyed he couldn't jump to the head. Some like this system, others argue that it doesn't provide the equality that it should, but the exceptions are in the Canada Health Act so they are there to stay.
    Last edit by fergus51 on Feb 20, '03
  2. by   researchrabbit
    Here in the US, my best friend needed a hip replacement at age 49. The insurance company wouldn't OK it until she was walking so slowly the old ladies at the nursing home were passing her with their walkers (no joke). It took her almost two years to get the insurance company to approve it, and each day she was getting worse and worse and in more and more pain.
  3. by   JMP

    I worked on a surgical floor before I became an ICU nurse and I have never nursed anyone who needed surgery and had to wait any long and distressing time. Perhaps these situations exsist, and if the surgery is not deemed life saving , perhaps it happens more than it should. Certainly now in the ICU, NO ONE waits for anything, I can swear to that. However, given the alternatives, I would still rather have EVERYONE covered with health care than only a percentage of the population.

    As far as you being senstive about the fact that the Canadian's might have one thing better than the US, well, please lets keep it in perspective. I am not saying your country is not great, but like any other system it has problems and I see your health care system is a very large and overwhelming problem....for many people.

    As for the argument about having to give up something..... we have been over and over that and I think I made my point a few times.

    As for your apology, I really and sincerley appreciated it. It is obvious to me from these ongoing debates that your feelings are heart felt and that your feelings are also very strong and I also can tell you care a great deal about your country.

    Since we are neighbours, I hope your system can improve to the point that all Americans can have ACCESS to health care. That is the only point I have been trying to make all along.
    Last edit by JMP on Feb 20, '03
  4. by   Gromit
    Originally posted by JMP
    The fact that we disagree is obvious, the fact that we come from different places where different values are held is also obvious. THe fact that we both have our minds made up, at least I know I do, that my way ( Canadian Health care system) is the better way, is also obvious. As I also stated earlier .....I live a good life, have a good income, and STILL my fellow citizens are covered for ANY medical need. It is something, I feel, to be proud of.

    I wish you luck. I wish you continued medical coverage.

    Always willing to agree to disagree, even with you Kevin.
    Hmm. and the world (Canadians included) call US arrogant!

    Hey all. Glad to see things are still pretty much the same. Neglected my studies and came close to failing Psych, so I had to kick back and hit the books. Now I'm in maternity/ob. Still on track to graduate in Dec. (woohoo!).
  5. by   sixes
    Yes health coverage should be provide to everyone. The post from RN2B2005 has me fuming and embarassed. Here in Ontario Canada everyone is covered (OHIP). The states is a very rich country. How can people not be insured????? This burns me. I am thankful I am CANADIAN.
    I had a client, elderly with heart problems. We call them snow birds here. She went to her condo in Florida, and became ill she bought some kind of insurance I'm not sure what kind. Low and behold it didn't cover her illness. She paid to be flown back to canada after she recieved a bill (I saw it with my own eyes) She was in ICU for 3 days cost $50,000.00 It was cheaper for her to fly home.
    Why should someone working 2 or 3 jobs to support their family not have coverage?????
    Your criminals do. I was even reading on a site where one of the prisoners was getting an organ transplant. HELLO do you tell a single mother of a sick child awaiting transplant that her child will die beacause she works 2 jobs and doesn't have coverage and would never be able to pay for this in a million years.
    What is this world coming to?????
    Hospitals do probono stuff for people from poor country's here in canada and the states.
    Why doesn't some genius in government come up with a tax based system where some of your tax dollars pay's for insurance? It certainly takes your money freely.
    My heart goes out to every single person that has to suffer needlessly in your great and wonderful country the great powerful USA who lets there hard working people suffer needlessly
  6. by   Q.
    I've read now about 4-5 times, in all caps from you, in several different posts that you are happy to be Canadian. I'm happy for you.

    While my country isn't perfect, there are a few of us here who have a problem with our healthcare system, but don't feel that tossing more money at it will solve the problem. I feel that handing out money is the easy way. The hard way (but more effective, in my opinion) is all-out reform, education and a shift to preventative care. There are also issues with working families opting OUT of health insurance to spend their money on other things they see as a priority to them - such as cars, trips, and other material possessions.

    Our healthcare is a convoluted mess and is much more complicated and not able to be solved by just taking more tax dollars from us. And even with that opinion, that doesn't mean I am evil, mean, rotten, selfish, greedy or uncaring. In fact I argue the opposite, because I feel I am looking at a more equitable, long term solution that encourages and fosters responsibility and responsible health choices.

    And yet despite these problems in our health care, I STILL am happy to say that I wouldn't live anywhere else in the world but the United States of America.
    Last edit by Susy K on Mar 11, '03
  7. by   Gromit
    From what I've been reading, Canadians are taxed higher than WE are. Its also easier for a government to do more social programs when it has fewer security concerns (in this case, reads as not much in defense spending). However, I believe its also safe to say that the numbers of Canadians running to the US to get healthcare help FAR outweighs the number of US citizens running to Canada for the same.

    Why is that?
  8. by   JMP

    The reason that US citizens do not flock here for our Canadian system is because it is for Canadian citizens. It is not "free for all who can make it to the Canadian boarder"

    However, with that said, in my relatively brief time so far as an ICU RN I have nursed two Americans, who had family in Canada. Family, meaning, uncle-aunt-cousin type of family. These Americans did not have insurance ( not too shocking) and they travelled to Canada because they where sick and could not afford treatment. Guess where they ended up? And guess who is paying their bill????

    On one hand, I felt good that our Canadian system could help them, however, I also felt sick that your system failed them. I know it is not an easy road, being an uninsured American ....please hear me when I say, I feel for them. I have nursed them.

    Canada is not the only country that has universal health care- we did not invent it. Many European nations have it.

    The US is a wonderful country full of great people. EVERY PLACE has its faults- God knows Canada is not perfect BUT our jewel in our crown is our health care system.
  9. by   Gromit
    "Guess where they ended up? And guess who is paying their bill???? "

    won't do you any good to say that. our country says THAT for far more people than any other in the world.
    there are a lot of canadians that come here and their insurance (government) does not pay a dime to our health care system.
    Last edit by Gromit on Mar 11, '03
  10. by   Sally_ICURN
    So Gromit, did you sign the proclamation that's available in the Cover the Uninsured Week thread?

    I think this week should be a week of non-complaining and action to help make a change for the better.
    Last edit by Sally_ICURN on Mar 11, '03
  11. by   Gromit
    Sign a proclamation? never heard of it. Guess I've been too busy trying to work enough hours to cover school and living expenses (house payment, auto ins. -thank God the bike is paid for!), and (yes, its true!) taxes.

    However, I'm curious. What action should we take? If it does NOT involve the government taking over another 7% of our economy/lives (that means healthcare), but some other action that may alleviate the problem, and if it does NOT involve dipping into my pocket for yet more money to pay to others, then please go on! I'm all ears! You can count me in!

    IF, however, its just more rhetoric, then no thanks! I've had my fill this year Tax man cometh in 1 month and 4 days.
  12. by   Gromit
    Ok. I read the proclamation. Far as I can tell, it doesn't actually say anything, and is way too open and broad a statement to put my voice to.

    Its illogical to think that anyone in our country wishes to see anyone go without. I certainly don't. And it should go without saying that the legislators know that the people are fed-up with the convoluted mess that we call a healthcare system. I just don't want to pay for yet more of the same.

    If it gets a bit more defined, I'll put my hancock to it, provided I agree to the terms, of course.
  13. by   Sally_ICURN
    All I can say Gromit is read the links posted in that thread that also has a link to the proclamation. There is a wealth of information there.

    What the proclamation says, plain and simple, is that you support the efforts of Cover the Uninsured Week. It does not support any one method of fixing anything, all it does is acknowledge that something must be done, and will bring this most important issue to the forefront. Like NRSKarenRN stated in that thread, 1+1+1+1+1+1+1 has the potential to = millions. Our government may ignore the protest of millions of it's citizens when it comes to foreign policy, but it cannot ignore millions of Americans when it comes to domestic issues that personally affect so many, especially when those millions of Americans are joined by Congress itself.