November 17, 2017

Bernie Sanders “in awe” of Canada’s “free” healthcare: Here’s what he missed

David MenziesMission Specialist

In late October, former U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders toured three Hogtown hospitals leaving the Senator “in awe” of our great Canadian healthcare system according to the Toronto Star.

Especially notable was the photo-op moment at Women’s College Hospital where Sanders observed a refugee diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes receiving “free” treatment for her ailment.

Yeah! Free healthcare for one and all! Whoo-hoo!

Fortunately, the 76-year-old Bernie didn’t fall ill on his trip otherwise he might have had to experience our health care system the way the common Canuck schmuck does.

After Bernie left, another healthcare story made headlines inspiring “awe” for all the wrong reasons — namely, a woman’s family doctor referred her to a neurologist for a brain scan and was told to check back in four and a half years, assuming she’s still alive!

Another scathing indictment of how broken our “free” healthcare system is despite the billions of tax dollars that feed this insatiable beast.

And it’s only getting worse according to the Fraser Institute. In 1993, the median wait time was 9.3 weeks but last year wait times hit 20 weeks, the longest ever recorded.

This despite Canada’s third-place rank among 28 universal healthcare systems in terms of the percentage of the economy spent on healthcare.

We know we have a problem, and it’s one that will worsen as the population ages so what do we do about it?

Nothing. Universal health care has sacred cow status meaning that even attempting to have an honest discussion, is an act of political suicide for any politician that dares raise the topic.

Progressive tourists like Bernie Sanders should know the great Canadian “free” healthcare system is no panacea for what ails Americans.

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commented 2017-11-17 19:47:05 -0500
Speaking of Cuba’s dual system, a friend of mine was down there when his 2 yr. old grandson almost completely severed his finger on something or other. Well the Dr. was about to amputate when another Dr. comes rushing in and whisks out the first one and proceeds to repair the finger very competently. Apparently Dr. #1 was the peoples’ Dr.
commented 2017-11-17 17:23:34 -0500
It is NOT free. TAXES pay for the health system.
Ontario, as an example, has 13 million plus people, of that 13 million plus probably 2-3 million are tax exempt but you still have millions paying the yearly tax (premium). So where the does this “FREE” BS come from?
Also many things are no longer covered so “out of pocket” expenses will be incurred for the average taxpayer, however the public sector still has a golden medical package. Oh wait, I just answered my own question, when people refer to “FREE” they must be talking about the PUBLIC SECTOR for it certainly DOES NOT APPLY TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR.
commented 2017-11-17 16:28:10 -0500
- Michael Moore gushed over Cuba’s healthcare system as well. I’m guessing he won’t be going there when he needs healthcare though. It’s amazing how expensive Canada’s “free” healthcare actually is. More of an exercise in pay more & more & get less & less.
commented 2017-11-17 16:01:43 -0500
Mark Goddard the problems are the government run system, try grasping reality. Your BS about doctors is ignorance, they are not your slaves. And the privately contracted services in Alberta run way better than when they were government run. And the quota and Queue system is thanks to the government , not the private sector. The public sector runs on quotas. Now go shovel someones driveway for free when they demand it like you expect of others.
commented 2017-11-17 15:18:29 -0500
Yes, our health care is free. But I think I would avoid flying on a “free flight” airline.
commented 2017-11-17 15:06:44 -0500
Also, there is no such thing as “free” health care. Someone some way will pay for it. The only question is who pays how much.
commented 2017-11-17 15:04:23 -0500
I am not a fan of the American health care system and generally support single payer. That said, I agree that our system is far from perfect. Our biggest problem is not the doctors, nurses, and other health care staff but the outrageously bloated health care bureaucracy that is sucking billions of dollars out of the system which could otherwise be used for direct patient care. It’s mind boggling that you have Vice Presidents of HR and other non-medical support departments earning a half million dollars a year in salaries overseeing bloated departments of similarly overpaid non-contributors. Added to this is the problem of government meddling in the supply of health care professionals. By restricting the number of medical school and nursing school graduates, we are left with chronic shortages of health care professionals despite the fact that we need more of them. Last year there was an awful story about medical school grads who could not get residencies because the Wynn gov’t had arbitrarily decided to cut the number of available residency placements. If we got rid of the unnecessary overhead we could solve most a lot of our problems and have a very efficient system.
commented 2017-11-17 14:11:12 -0500
… Mark: Imagine a Canadian citizen free to offer their services on their own terms? Terrible.
… Everyone should have a right to the services of everyone for free!
commented 2017-11-17 13:27:51 -0500
I guess Bernie didn’t come across any dead folks on stretchers or in wheelchairs parked in the hallway waiting to be examined by ER doctors!
Free healthcare is an illusion.
commented 2017-11-17 12:52:41 -0500
I do believe that many of these arrogant and conceited doctors are trying to sabotage our health care system causing many of these delays. They want to become extremely wealthy like many doctors in the USA in the private sector. It seems that they believe that if they just keep up the pressure, the government will capitulate. There are clinics in my town that shut down early after they reach some kind of daily quota. Other doctors have set up private care for the wealthy here. Private health care essentially runs on the same foundation as dentistry. In dentistry, if you do not have very good dental coverage through a group plan, you pay thousands for treatment. Simple fillings now cost more that 400 dollars and the costs keep rising. Many Canadians can now only visit a dentist for emergency work and many have missing and broken teeth. Of course universal health care does get abused with people running to the doctor for every little ache and pain. But it is hard not to blame people because we are constantly being told through he media that we should consult our doctors and that there are horrible diseases and conditions that are affecting us. I support universal health care because it makes us all stronger and more productive.
commented 2017-11-17 12:10:58 -0500
“Bernie Sanders “in awe” of Canada’s “free” healthcare: Here’s what he missed”
  1. it is NOT “free”
The Ontario Health Premium is paid by Ontario residents through Ontario’s personal income tax system. The revenues collected help fund health services in the province.
The premium is based on income. If you were a resident of Ontario at the end of the year, and your taxable income (line 260 of your personal income tax and benefit return) is more than $20,000, you have to pay the premium. Individuals with taxable income of $20,000 or less are exempt.

Even the Liberal propagandist (CBC) acknowledges it is not FREE.
“In one word, health premiums are a “tax.” .."
commented 2017-11-17 11:57:39 -0500
… The Left is truly a childish fantasy position void of any personal responsibility.
… “Everything free for everyone”, and “everyone has a right to everything” is pure dishonesty.