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Sicko [Sep. 15th, 2007|11:35 pm]
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OMG, I haven't even finished watching this movie and I am so fucking thankful that I live on this side of the border. I love my country, and I always have. Apparently Canadians live 3 years longer than Americans, but I wonder if the suicide rates differ, cuz fuck, I'd be completely s.o.l. if I had to pay out of pocket to remain sane. I really do feel bad for all of my American friends who are afraid to seek help because they don't want it to show up on their parents' insurance. (Gawd, I wish that didn't sound so patronising.) It also freaks me out that I went to Seattle for 4 days without insurance... Anyway, the point I was trying to make is that I would be dead 5 times over by now if it weren't for universal healthcare. Sure, it costs $40 for an ambulance ride, but how much can that hurt anyone? Even if you are dirt poor - homeless even, I bet your life is worth more than that. I'd also never heard before about having to have your insurance company approve which hospitals you can go to? That just confounds me. And the political shit shown in this movie, doesn't do anything for my opinion of the American government.
God bless America Canada.

Okay, they're on to discussing healthcare in the UK now. I think I've said enough.

[User Picture]From: i_amthe1
2007-09-16 05:17 am (UTC)
You do know that Michael Moore only makes propaganda movies right? :P
Don't get me wrong. Health care is cool, but as my sister put it "in the US, you don't get what you don't pay for. In Canada, you don't get what you do pay for."
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[User Picture]From: nineveh_rains
2007-09-16 05:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm aware of the propaganda.

I agree with the second half of that statement, in that we don't (always) get what we pay for, but we do usually get what we need.

The reason why I don't agree with the first half, is because Americans are paying $120 for a prescription which costs 5 cents in Cuba. I know that government economies are a factor, but what you do (over)pay for, you get royally ripped off.
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[User Picture]From: twirlie
2007-09-16 06:43 pm (UTC)
Him questioning the pharmacist about prescription costs and laundry detergent amused me.

He didn't even represent it properly either. I haven't paid for a prescription in about 5 years. When I was working I paid for a yearly card (£80 for as many drugs as you need all year) and since I've been back I've had them all free anyway due to my maternity card (free dental, prescriptions and eye exams etc for a year after you have a baby!)

My drugs in the US would have cost $800 a month without insurance, and just over $250 with. Its insane what the US charges.
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[User Picture]From: nineveh_rains
2007-09-18 12:59 am (UTC)
I knew you'd have a great perspective. Thank you for commenting.
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[User Picture]From: loccster
2007-09-16 06:09 am (UTC)
LOL @ "In Canada, you don't get what you do pay for"

I'm sure Canada is better than the US in many ways, but overall I'd much rather live here. You just need to avoid the red states like the plague, stay on the coasts where people aren't living in the dark ages and having offspring with their first cousins and you will be safe.
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[User Picture]From: mysticskylily
2007-09-16 08:31 pm (UTC)
40 dollars for an ambulance ride isnt bad at all...not like the 700 that I owe....
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[User Picture]From: sprucemoose
2007-09-19 05:37 am (UTC)
Out here it is $300 for a ambulance ride for Paul when he has been rushed there the last two times. $300 each time. Good thing his benefits cover it.
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[User Picture]From: xlife_n_deathx
2007-09-26 07:11 am (UTC)
My thoughts exactly . . . health care is America sucks. It is way too expensive. I wish I could find a place in Canada that is exactly like my home city.
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