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The Pros And Cons Of Universal And Private Health Care

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Canadians have been involved in a great controversy between the Americans over their ways of dealing with healthcare for many generations. The Canadians believe universal healthcare is best whereas the Americans believe that Private healthcare is what’s best. The easiest way to decipher who is most reasonable between these two faces of healthcare is to look at the Universal health care in Canada on its own, the Private healthcare in America, then an assessment to bring the two to opposed sides to a reasonable conclusion. Thus hopefully making a well-balanced decision.
To start it off there are many benefits and downfalls to the Universal healthcare in Canada. They say that the ...view middle of the document...

Some advantages to this type of health care include things such as; “waiting times on the NHS have improved to a maximum of 18 weeks between referral and treatment, you won't have to wait this long for private treatment, You get a peace of mind: if the worst happens, your treatment will be as quick as it can be, you can also choose your consultant and sometimes where you want to be treated, with the proviso that some policies restrict treatment to set lists of hospitals. You don't have to worry about being on a mixed-gender ward. Depending on your policy, you may have an ensuite bathroom. There are unrestricted visiting hours. A retinue of medical students won't accompany your appointment with the consultant, and you won't be kept waiting for hours to see them giving you more time to discuss your symptoms. You are likely to be seen by the same consultant throughout your treatment. Your insurer may have a team that deals specifically with a certain type of condition, such as cancer, who can help advise you” (“Brooks“). Their taxes are also much lower than that of a insured Canadian. But they say Americans live 3 years less than the average Canadian and the insurance companies are much stricter about whose healthcare bills they will pay. Making the Private healthcare have plenty of upsides and downfalls to their system.
Now that you have all the upsides and downsides to both the universal and private healthcare’s I am going to state my own opinion on the matter and I personally believe that the Universal healthcare in Canada is much more efficient and exceptional. I believe this because the doctors in Canada truly care about you and the doctors in America put their earnings to your
procedure first. Like in the documentary Sicko there was two men who had cut off several of their fingers. The doctor in Canada put them all back on his hand whereas the doctor in America told the patient how much it would cost for each finger and made him choose which one he would rather keep. I find this to be ultimately unacceptable. It really is true that as a nation we Canadians take care of each other...

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