A few weeks ago, I was discussing the fact that I was ready to pay for healthcare. This was in reaction to Brip Blap’s post about free healthcare. I couldn’t understand his point as I thought a public and private system could work at the same time. I personally thought it would be the best way of providing efficient care to the population. After a few reactions, I decided to take a step back and think about it again.
In order to look deeper at Brip Blap’s point of view, I decided to watch Michael Moore’s documentary Sicko. I knew his point was to show the horrors behind
I watched the entire movie and I was shocked. Even thought I was well aware that Mr. Moore is probably only showing what he wants us to see in order to prove our point (there are several place in
I was quite surprise to find out that insurance companies were investing so much money in order to not pay their customers. I know that insurance companies are evil (it the essence of the industry, just as banks, right? LOL!), but I never came across such things on my side of the border. The very few times I called my insurer (for car or house), everything went well and I was reimbursed according to the contract I signed.
This is where I realized that we are living in a good country. We don’t need to wonder if we are insured or not. Even better, we don’t need to worry about the possibility of our insurer not paying for our medical bills. We have free medical care; period.
The other thing I didn’t realize was the enormous cost of operations hospitals were charging. 60K for a finger??? I never thought I had the equivalent of 10 BMW’s when I was looking at my hands! I thought that by paying $50 buck for a visit to the clinic, I would be covering a good part of the cost. That is probably what it costs to only open my file and read through it!
So I now realize how lucky we are to not to have to worry about our healthcare system. In the end, as long they can take care of us for free, waiting a few hours doesn’t seem to be catastrophic anymore.
Who would want to leave a place where medical care is free and where their hockey team will win the cup this year? That’s decided; I am staying in Montreal for good!
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