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03-10-2011, 07:52 AM
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arglebargle
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The wait times argument for the US system is a complete canard. The only reason they're shorter in the US is that healthcare and even insurance is prohibitively expensive. If they made any attempt to treat everyone who actually needed medical care they'd probably have horrific wait times.

Also quality of care isn't uniformly better in the US than in Canada. If you're wealthy and can afford it, there are really nice hospitals which are better than Canadian ones. If you don't have the money to pay for those there are a lot of places that aren't as good and have long wait times.

BTW the wait time complaint is legitimate, but keep in mind that you're not waiting because the hospital staff is all taking a 3 hour smoke break, it's because there's someone with an immediate life threatening injury who needed treatment before you. If you are taken to the ER with a heart attack or collapsed lung or whatever you're going to get treated right away.

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