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  •  The system was started in Saskatchewan in 1946 (6+ / 0-)

    but has been used all across Canada since 1964. It works.
    It works by removing the greed factor, there is no profit to be made. As long as insurance companies are involved, costs will be inflated by the need to make a profit.

    •  Man, Canada's always half a century ahead of us (0+ / 0-)

      Or more, since good health care here might never become reality.

      15 years old and a proud progressive and Phillies phan.

      by vidanto on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 05:11:37 PM PDT

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      •  Only in public policy (0+ / 0-)

        I'm still proud of the research and engineering that the US boasts. Our high-tech private sector kicks ass, despite the GOP's attempts at crippling it.

        "Only idiots believe the earth is getting warmer. Besides, they've proven it's only getting warmer because of sunspots."

        by Carnet on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 05:59:52 PM PDT

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        •  You can kiss that goodbye (0+ / 0-)

          The GOP attempts to cripple high-tech in this country have been going on since they started a 30-year trend of slashing public education.  They are already bearing their bitter fruits and will continue to do so.  

          Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

          by Big River Bandido on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 09:13:28 PM PDT

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    •  Not quite (0+ / 0-)

      There cetainly is profit to be made under Canada's universal health care system. In fact, my family doctor is a partner in a private medical corporation.

      The difference is there is only ONE payer - the government, and the cost any doctor or health practicioner can charge is negotiated yearly with government and all billls are sent to the government, not individual patients. (Of course there are some procedures and other costs not covered by public insurance. But, in general, pretty much every necessary medical need is covered.) No Canadian needs to declare bankruptcy to pay a medical bill.

      The government, unlike from what I read American HMOs, does not decide what procedures are necessary and will be coverd. The decision on what is necessary is strickly the doctor's and the questuon of coverage is never IN question.

      Good luck, Montana.

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