I'm Canadian and what is this
I'm in the UK, and my 5 day overnight stay after an operation cost me nothing... this is why government healthcare plans are a good thing. How can you put a price on your health? :S
Same! I has appendicitus, something that you can't help getting and can only be cured by operation. I sent four nights in hospital with an ultra sound, drips, drugs and all for free :')
Those services were paid for by the taxpayers of the UK. So, no, it was not "all for free". Nothing is free; the money has to come from somewhere.
I am under 18, i dont pay tax :)
Okay, two things: 1) Yes, you do. Every time you purchase something, you pay tax on it. I know the UK has a major value added tax on most goods and services, and unless you've never bought anything in your entire life, you have paid tax. 2) You missed my point, which was simply that nothing is free. The medicine you used and the medical personnel that attended to you all required money that was provided by taxpayers.
Yes i suppose, but the majority of tax is from cigarettes, petrol and wage tax...but i suppose i purchase the odd item of clothing. But then again we find it normal, in the long run it seems we pay less, as they take a little at a time than a lot at once, which is a much better system. But that little bit at a time obviously pays towards a lot more than health care, just as the US.
But comparing personal & corporate tax, together the US and UK are pretty equal, and we get 'free' health care :)
Although there are a few advantages to such a system, I wouldn't say it's better; I personally prefer to be taxed as little as possible. Luckily the US levies fewer taxes than the UK (as a percentage of GDP, not overall).
Yes, you pay much less personal tax, but then if you get seriously ill, you have to pay out just as much as we do, but in one load, maybe even more. As i said, you pay 10% less personal tax, but corporate tax is 10% higher in the US. So everything balances out really....
6 months ago i broke my L1 Lumbar (back bone) and the bills all added up to around 200k. the ambulance ride alone was $1,300. thank God we have insurance.. we only have to pay four grand.
Oh god D: that's crazy...!
I live in Australia and we have universal healthcare, I'm uninsured but I had to go to a private hospital emergency room once, it only ended up costing me around $200 and that was for a couple of hours there and some tests and a drip.
Yeah we're actually pretty lucky in australia, if you go to a public hospital you don't have to pay anything
Canada all the way :)
Ugh, it's the freaking emergency room, for god's sake. They're basically exploiting you...
I guess we should all just stay indoors in padded rooms and wearing pillow armor so that there is no chance of ever getting injured...
I've only seen you write two comments and I already hate you.
and the reason it's an issue is because everyone outraged does what you did. instead of doing something about it they whine about it on the internet.
I'm sorry, what am I supposed to "do" about high healthcare costs? Move to Australia?
Get people to sign a petition, write to your governer, draft a bill, etc.
People are already trying to change things. It's in the supreme court right now, but a lot of people in America are scared of "socialism."
I don't know much about socialism. Could you tell me what it is?
the healthcare plan that ended up passing is so watered down it doesnt matter at this point. it wont do much of anything, and definitely wont be comparable to the govt healthcare in places like england, australia, and new zealand.