I haven’t seen this movie yet. So I won’t comment on a single damn thing about. I don’t know if it’s either good or bad, nor will you hear me voice an opinion on the subject. However, I am aware of Sir Michael’s tendency to be as loose with the truth as any of his Republican enemies.
But since I haven’t seen the film. I cannot comment on anything. What I can do, is inform American viewers about what I know of the Canadian medical system. A system, that from what I’ve heard, Moore vaunts as far superior to the American system.
I really hope I heard wrong, because if he does that I can tell you right now that he’s gonna make LOTS of enemies in Canada. We despise our Canadian health care system. Every week on national TV news shows angry faces, red with rage, are shouting about how it’s is falling apart and failing. To a Canadian’s eyes, even a little bit of a praise for our shitty shit-eating shit system will look like an apologist’s “Triumph of the Wills” of health care.
And just so you’ll know. It ain’t fucking FREE either.
One look at my paycheck here confirms that I pay… lessee… 269.02$ CND to the government per month. I also pay 59.40$ in medical insurance AND I pay extra taxes at the end of the year. That’s not counting payment for other services which I will never be able to get. All in all it’s a little bit more than 474.30$ CND per month to be a citizen here. I’m no dummy, I know you guys pay more, sometimes WAY fucking more. I’m not making light of that, but Canadian’s are sick and fucking tired of never being able to go to a doctor without a 3 month wait and of having to beg a cold impersonal bitch secretary for test results. They’re also sick and fucking tired of having doctors nearly laugh at them for asking to do a little preventative medecine. I don’t know of a single person that does a yearly checkup. Doctors don’t suggest it and actively dismiss their use unless you’re over 50.
True story: My 50+ year old aunt went to go see her doctor with a numb left leg in 2006. Her doctor made a token examination (checking blood pressure and pulse, listening to heart, that kind of shit) and said it was just nerves. 4 hours later she had a stroke at home, was driven frantically to the Emergency Room and was made to WAIT there by the staff.
Here’s a few more true things about the Canadian Health Care System:
#1 Because it takes so long for an appointment. The only place to go few a kinda-serious ailment that’ll dissapear by itself (like a bad bout of the flu) long before you get to see your asshole doctor, is the ER.
#2 A lot of ER’s close between Midnight and 6am
#3 To cut costs ER’s have also cut down on their cleaning staff, which explains why we can’t seem to shake our constant Clostridium difficile infections. Because no one correctly bothers to clean up the shit, vomit and blood.
#4 Dental care isn’t free unless you’re on welfare, and even then it’s not free to get root canals and crap like that.
#5 Glasses ain’t free.
#6 Medecines are cheaper, but not free. I will admit that we have a nice system of forcing drug companies to release their patents to public domain after a few years so that the drugs can be made generically. You guys could learn from that. But nothing’s free.
Is our system better? Sure, probably. But it’s just as broken as yours in many ways. So I guess what I’m trying to say is that Moore’s looking in the wrong places if he thinks Canada has any kind of solution to the American problem, and God help us all because it’s only gonna get worse.
Posted on May 21, 2007 in Blogs by Jeremy Knox
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