You know that we’ve learned a lot about feeling good. Just breathing has an impact. Eating foods that not only taste good, but are good for us. Working out isn’t always required because some of us do enough physical activity that helps. We sure need sleep. A nap can really make a difference. Getting fresh air? Well, that depends on where you live. The air is better in certain places. Take care of your eyes. Do they burn at times? How often do you have them checked? I know some of us can’t afford medical bills and that’s very sad. The ACA sure needs some changes. More companies are and have left the plan, including doctors. What we need is a balance plan that will work for all of us. Things that we take for granted can sometimes haunt us. The government can’t do everything.
I just read an article comparing Canada’s health plan to ours. Under the Canada Health Act, all residents must be covered by a public insurance plan run by their province on uniform conditions. They have coverage wherever they are treated and there’s none of this about limiting doctors and hospitals. Now, isn’t that something? In Canada, there are no financial barriers. Their publically funded system bases patient’s access to medical services on need, not on the ability to pay. Americans ration by price and will continue to do so as the ACA is implemented. There’s no such thing as buying a platinum plan and getting first-rate coverage or a cheap bronze policy and paying 60% of the plan yourself. If only our medical plans were that way.
We have benefits depending on where we live, how old we are, where we work, and how much that we can afford to spend. That’s not the case in Canada. Except when it comes to prescription drugs. Drug benefits are quite unequal in Canada and the lack of them is a big whole for about 10 percent of the population. There is no universal drug benefit, although two provinces have mandatory drug insurance – you can get it from an employer or buy it from a public plan. About 40% of the population gets coverage from their employers. If you can’t afford the premium, there are subsidies. In that sense, Canada drug coverage is like Obamacare. Health care for their native population is very bad. This information about Canada was written two years ago by Trudy Lieberman. She’s a contributing editor for the Columbia Journalism Review. At Consumer Reports, she specialized in health care and health care financing. She has won more than 25 awards and five major fellowships.