Right wingers like to paint doomsday scenarios of Canada’s Health Care system. Pointing to our neighbours to the south they wail about personal responsibility and the way it should be. I’ve never understood personal responsibility and health care..you do get that catch a cold is just a phrase…right?
Over at the Apophatic Attic there is a post comparing the the Canadian and US health systems and guess what? You are actually paying fewer tax dollars and reaping more rewards under the Health Care Act. Bet that’s a kick in the head.
I never realised the US government pays for ANY health care, let alone 45% of total health care expenditures. I thought, due to my leftist prejudice, that the government just left sick people completely at the mercy of the private sector. So for a moment I was pretty impressed. But then math kicked in again, just as it did when I was contemplating Labour’s welfare reform plans.
70.2% of $3463 is $2431.03
45.1% of $6347 is $2862.50
What does this mean?
The US government already spends $431.47 more per capita on health care than the Canadian government.