Originally Answered: Why do so many Americans fear socialism?
I am here, an American Citizen, to say with reguards to healthcare, it is time that government step in and take it out of the hands of big business. If that makes me a socialist, then yes I am.
Hear me out.. I have an incurable auto-immune disorder that does not respond to traditional medical treatment, I've had this disease for 11 years, now here we are two surgeries and 11 years later.. and I have not been under the care of specialist or even a general practitioner in 2 years because I don't have insurance. Meanwhile, I've pretty much destroyed my credit because of emergency room bills that i cannot afford. My husband and I make too much money to be on medcaid/state-paid insurance. But we don't make enough to pay an insurance premium of $385/month, along with deductibles, prescription medicine cost, and so on.. we would be bankrupt within 6 months. We should have followed Canada's lead years ago and implemented a system similar to theirs. For the record, socialism does not equal communism, I think alot of people using yanswers have fused the two .Most importantly government issued medical insurance is NOT socialism.
Canada does not have "socialized medicine." The Canadian government does not decide who gets care or when they get it; doctors and patients decide. Doctors are accountable to patients, not to the government. Most doctors are self-employed; they submit claims for payment to their provincial insurance plan.
Canadians are never denied care, or forced to wait for care, for lack of funds or because of a pre-existing condition. Patients requiring urgent care or primary care are never put on waiting lists. While it is sometimes necessary to wait for elective surgeries, or specialist care, if the delay is such that the patient¹s health will be harmed, all expenses are paid for the patient to access care in another location.
The United States spends almost twice the amount per person as Canada spends on health care, yet Canadians enjoy a lower infant mortality rate and a higher life expectancy.