I’ll take Canada’s health-care sys­tem

Waterloo Region Record - - EDITORIALS & COMMENT -

Re: Pence blasts Cana­dian health sys­tem — Sept. 26

So, U.S. Vice-Pres­i­dent Mike Pence slammed the Cana­dian health-care sys­tem in a re­cent ra­dio in­ter­view.

I am tired of, and an­gry at, the in­ces­sant Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal rhetoric slam­ming Canada’s and my health­care sys­tem. The U.S. den­i­grat­ing, im­pul­sive or­a­tory is be­com­ing tire­some, which only cat­e­gor­i­cally demon­strates that it is bereft of any con­cep­tion of how our sys­tem has worked suc­cess­fully for so many years.

Granted, there are flaws and weak­nesses in the Cana­dian health-care sys­tem, but these short­com­ings are greatly over­shad­owed by the high stan­dard of care and treat­ment Cana­di­ans re­ceive. Amer­i­cans fail to grasp the re­al­ity that treat­ment is given to all ages with­out fear of be­ing in a se­nior age group where you are con­sid­ered ex­cess bag­gage and put to the back of the line.

Amer­i­cans can ar­gue about pur­ported high Cana­dian taxes but Cana­di­ans can go to a hospi­tal with­out fear of not hav­ing a cheque­book in their pocket. Amer­i­can fam­i­lies have been fi­nan­cially dev­as­tated by un­ex­pected high health-care costs. Their health man­age­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions are a joke and Amer­i­can health in­sur­ance com­pa­nies are con­stantly un­der the mi­cro­scope be­cause of their con­tro­ver­sial high pre­mi­ums and re­duc­tion of cov­er­age.

Be­fore any fur­ther U.S. crit­i­cism of Canada’s health care, Amer­i­cans should re­al­ize that when a health dilemma oc­curs to a Cana­dian fam­ily, we have the as­sur­ance of re­ceiv­ing free treat­ment with the ab­sence of red-tape anx­i­ety. Is Pence able to give that as­sur­ance to Amer­i­cans? The on­go­ing con­fronta­tional U.S. health-care de­bate is in sham­bles as the clam­our for a so­lu­tion is deaf­en­ing. Gary Me­gaf­fin Kitch­ener

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