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  •  And then every conservative (6+ / 0-)

    like to being up some story of a Canadian they know who thinks their system sucks and America's is awesome.

    I lived in the UK for a time and can't convince any American that the system there is better than here. Like anyone.

    Americans will live and die with their pride.

    •  We do have wait lists for non-elective surgery (0+ / 0-)

      and a shortage of family doctors. Minor complaints. I've had 4 surgeries, 1 of them major at the cost of $0.

    •  :-) The "big" criticism I heard about Canada (1+ / 0-)
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      ... years ago by some Congress Critter or other was that 'people had to wait for surgery in Canada under their socialized medicine system.'

      Well..., yes.  For ELECTIVE surgery there was a waiting period.  Emergency surgeries were taken care of immediately.

      Same system in the US for ELECTIVE surgeries.  One is put on a schedule.  From diagnosis to surgery for my knee replacement a few years ago was a few months (three, IIRC).  I had the pain for years before and kinda figured I knew the problem because fifteen years I was diagnosed with advanced degenerative arthritis in my back and waited another year or two before having surgery altho I should have had it much earlier.  I had vertebrae bone rubbing on bone it was so bad.  By the time my pain level got bad enough I had to do something about the right knee, I had zero cartilage left because of the advanced degenerative arthritis (it's pretty much in every bone joint in my old body).  My left knee is now feeling the same, has been for a few years, so I've no doubt that when I get it X-rayed I'll get the same 'surgery to replace the knee' diagnosis.

      Still, unless something like an accident or nasty fall is involved and emergency surgery is necessary, it's still considered ELECTIVE surgery, so there's a waiting period of weeks to months, depending on the doctor's and hospital's surgical schedules - and that's with insurance and/or Medicare.

      I don't know where these Congress Critters and critics are getting their info, but clearly they're not picking up on details like the difference between elective and emergency surgery.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 07:46:17 PM PDT

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