Okay, I didn't want to hijack the thread started by Signgirl (which I felt had some very clear and insightful comments from her) so I'm starting a new one. She raised some very interesting points (that seemed to get buried by everyone's debate over who put us in the mess we're in). I also agree with what she said about the people that are commenting on this site. Your minds are pretty well made up and you're not going to convince many people to see the other side clearly.
That said, I would like to hear what Canadians think about their health care system, and why. With a starting point of Signgirls comments:
"...a National Healthcare system on the verge of bankruptcy where 12 hour Emergency room waits aren't abnormal and 18 month waits for scarce Medical Specialists aren't either.
A huge percentage of Canadians do not have a family Physician and many rural areas have no M.D.s. At least 4 small Community hospitals in my area have been legislated to close their E.R.s and emergencies are being sent up to 40 miles away."
Is this her perception only? What is the general opinion, in Canada, of your Health Care system? (since I have little doubt confidence that our Government will be able to create anything other than a system that will grow exponentially large while being ineffectual at the same time). What are your personal experiences with the system? Are some areas of the country better than others?