The American left loves to romanticize the "free" nationalized healthcare that Canada has. However, what's happening in Alberta shows that nationalized healthcare actually has some major downsides.
Of course, contrary to what the leftwing says, there is no such thing as "free healthcare." Instead, citizens in Canada just end up paying more in taxes to fund their healthcare system.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information just released a report stating that Alberta finished second in per capita spending at $7,329 in 2017, but there's actually a whole lot more to this story.
As Sheila Gunn Reid explains in her new video, Alberta has a very youthful population, with only 12 per cent of the population being over the age of 65. This means that the people of Alberta are accessing healthcare services less because they are young and healthy — yet they are still being forced to pay more for it.
This all wouldn't be so terrible if Albertans had 33 per cent better outcomes than everyone else, but they don't. The healthcare system is in such disarray that when Albertans actually do need to access healthcare, the wait times are so outrageous that the outcomes can be devastating. This means that Albertans are being forced to spend more on healthcare and aren't even being given good healthcare in return.
Making matters worse, healthcare costs are expected to rise exponentially in Alberta in the next few years because the government has promised to renationalize private lab and laundry services, creating thousands more government workers and taking jobs away from the private sector.
This shows that a nationalized healthcare system is not the fairy tale that the naive leftwing in the U.S. believes it to be.
Find out more in Sheila Gunn Reid's latest video HERE!