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  1. Know what Canadians think about health care for all.
  2. Know what Americans who live in Canada think about health care for all.
  3. Know what our Improved Medicare for All will be like compared to Canadians.

 

1. To what degree do Canadians love their health care?
          Huge! 85-86%! Some polls indicate 92% or higher.

An August 2009 National Union poll of Canadians gives us a measurement of the overwhelming degree to which Canadians love their national health insurance. The question related to whether Canadians want public solutions or private solutions to whatever problems with Canadian health care.
The August 2009 response is 86% support for public solutions.

In previous polls Canadians were asked if they are satisfied with health care services overall. That level is 85.2% from a 2008 poll, “unchanged from 2005” as documented in the source article.

In the video, below, they state that 92% of Canadians like their health care.

 

Experiences of Canadians with Canadian health care

Video. Below is a video of Canadians talking about their health care experiences and opinions: eleven Canadians ranging in age from 40 to 90 years old (Ona, Bob, Dave, Susan, Sally, Doug, Stan, Tamara, Janet, Richard, Emily). If you cannot play the video, then you can read excerpts of what they said.

2. Experiences of Americans with Canadian health care

Documentation: experiences of Americans who live and work in Canada. This includes a video of two families that consider themselves exiled in Canada due to the excellent health care there. They cannot move back to the USA.

3. What U.S. Improved Medicare for All will be like compared to Canada’s system.

Definitely better.

  • They have about a dozen health insurance plans for their country. We will have only one.
  • Their population is much smaller than ours. Our large population means we will have the lowest risk among all of the free-market countries. We will also, therefore, have the ability with our size to negotiate the best prices with global corporations for drugs and equipment.

We will no longer be subsidizing the entire world by us paying the high prices and them paying negotiated prices.

Sources

“Canada overwhelmingly supports public health care — National Union


Additional Information

 

History of Canadian Health Care Acts

— Medical Care Act of 1966
— in all provinces and territories by 1972, which is the year used at this Medicare for All website
— then refinements were made, such as the Canada Health Act of 1984
For a more complete background of Canada’s Health Care System start here at the “Background” description at the Health Canada website www.hc-sc.gc.ca

Excerpts of the source information

Canada overwhelmingly supports public health care

Nanos Research poll on eve of CMA (Canadian Medical Association) convention shows that 86% of Canadians support “public solutions” to make public health care stronger.

Ottawa (13 Aug. 2009) - A new poll on the eve of the national convention of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) in Saskatoon shows an overwhelming 86% level of public support for “public solutions” to improve Canada’s national health care system.

Commissioned by the Canadian Health Coalition (CHC), and conducted by Nanos Research, the poll counters a national survey on privatization that the CMA is expected to release later in the week as doctors debate measures to increase the level of for-profit medicine in Canada.

The coalition says it was necessary to carry out the poll because the CMA poll has been manipulated by “vague and misleading” language to produce results showing a misleading level of support for privatized medicine.

“With more than eight in 10 Canadians supporting public solutions to make public health care stronger, there is compelling evidence that Canadians across all demographics would prefer a public over a for-profit health care system,” says Nik Nanos, president of Nanos Research.

Nanos, one of Canada’s most respected pollsters, surveyed 1,001 Canadians between April 25 and May 3. His poll has a margin of accuracy of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Direct question

Respondents to the CHC poll were asked the following question:

“Thinking about the future of Canada’s public health-care system, would you support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or oppose public solutions to make our public health care stronger?”

A total of 86.2% of respondents said they support or somewhat support public solutions, while 8.2% said they oppose or somewhat oppose the approach. The balance, 5.7%, said they were unsure.

The results are also in sync with a recent health Canada report entitled Healthy Canadians – A Federal Report on Comparable Health Indicators 2008. It found that 85.2% of Canadians were “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with health care services overall. That level was unchanged from 2005, the last time the survey was conducted.

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