- 10:24 am - Tue, Jul 1, 2014
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My fave spaceman and his bro sing about Canada.
- 11:42 pm - Fri, Feb 7, 2014
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psa that if you live in another country, for the next two weeks we are enemies. I don’t care if we’re friends. we’re not anymore. my country’s going to crush yours. we’re made of winter. we were born for this shit.
When they say “Winter is coming” they really mean “OH SHIT CANADA!”
- 10:26 pm - Wed, Jan 22, 2014
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And This Is Why You Shouldn’t Get Sick In America
Many believe that the US healthcare system is the best in the world. Not so according to the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems. The US doesn’t even rank in the top 25. It ranks 37th and is the most expensive in the world. I would argue that even if we had the best healthcare system in the world, what good is it, if no one can afford to access it.
Most companies are buying 60/40-policys for their employees these days, but even if you are lucky enough to have good insurance with 80/20-policy coverage, that 20 percent your responsible for can drive you right into bankruptcy as easily as the 60-40 policy given the cost of healthcare.
Insurance cost have been going up dramatically in the last two decades, long before the new Affordable Healthcare Act has taken affect, in some cases as much as 35% per year.
But have you noticed the latest trick the insurance companies have roll out?
Yes, Higher Deductible… most averaging $5,000 per year, per person, but I have seen some as high as $10,000 per year. For those of you that are wondering, this tactic is specifically designed too stop you from using your insurance. It reduces the insurance companies out of pocket liability by shift costs onto consumers, especially those dealing with chronic illness such as diabetes and arthritis. Consequently, because consumers can’t afford the deductible they will avoid necessary care to save money.
Although insurance companies are a problem, the real crocks is the healthcare system it self. A corrupt and bloated system desperately in need of reform!
I spent a night in the ER once. I waited 6 hours to get seen by a doctor because of overcrowding. I got X-rays, IV saline, and a prescription to be filled elsewhere after laying in a bed for 3 hours, then sent home. My 80% coverage - only something I have by virtue of being a student - still left me with $542 to pay.
$542 for saltwater and an X-ray and a set of fresh linens after I left and someone said “go get some antibiotics.”
my grandfather’s hopsital bill for three months was over 1.7 million dollars.
I spent a week in the hospital and my bill was literally more than what my family’s house is worth.
The Alberta hospital bill at the end was the kicker for me. All of these tens of thousands of dollars, then four days for $40 each. Given the conditions in Canada vs those in America, the rates ought to be comparable :\
#health care#american health care#hospitals charge ridiculous rates because they can get away with it#there is no regulation of the system
I have spent 8-10 months (broken up) in the hospital since I was a kid. I have had over 20 surgeries (I have honestly lost count). I have had every form of diagnostic test I can name.
My hospital bill? Well, I paid extra for the TV and Phone Line in my room. Think it was $7 a day.
My mother has had her knees and hip replaced. My dad’s cancer was months and months of in hospital stay, plus outpatient chemo. My grandmother defied all odds and survived a year in a hospice, too ill to go home and too sick to leave a hospital setting.
Because my dad had coverage for medication, all we ever paid for was 20% of our scripts. That’s it.
Canada’s not perfect, but I would be dead if I didn’t live here. And this is how things should be.