(Closed) Health care experiences – public, private, or a combination of the two?

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Should health care be public, private, or a combination of the two?
    Public : (19 votes)
    28 %
    Private : (18 votes)
    26 %
    A combination of the two : (30 votes)
    43 %
    Other : (2 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    7492 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Considering that I have to pay $250 twice a month for private health care, public health care is sounding really good to me right now 🙁

    Post # 4
    9255 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Health care in the US is prohibitively expensive for most people.  Like, thousands and thousands and thousands (or more!) of dollars for a single hospital visit.

    Neither system is perfect by far, but man, so many people here literally cannot afford to get the basic health care they need.  Hopefully Obamacare will help out a little.

    Post # 5
    857 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m in Canada so same system as yourself and yes it gets frustrating waiting for services although I haven’t really experienced that much substandard care.  I saw one friend’s family dealing with cancer and it was nice that they didn’t end up broke, and his standard of care was maybe not the most amazing in the world but it was good enough.  I do think that a better system is a combination of both but with some limitations so as we don’t suffer brain drain/resource reduction from the public sector.

    Post # 6
    4373 posts
    Honey bee

    If I had my way, healthcare would be public, but there would also be a private, non-insurance involved market where you can just pay the doctors directly.

    Post # 7
    1193 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @MrsPanda99:  I do not want a system like Canada.  I realize, I will likely get flamed from now until kingdom come over it, but I don’t.  I have a few friends in Canada.  One couldn’t get into an OB until 22 weeks pregnant.  One spent 8 months waiting for desperately needed treatment for bipolar disorder (the eventual diagnosis).  I don’t want to live like that.  I’m more than willing to pay for my health.  I was uninsured for years so I’m quite aware of what it costs.  


    Post # 8
    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @stuckinwonderland:  I’m with you on that….


    People often confuse the low price of drugs in Canada as meaning that having public healthcare as awesometastic.


    but for me…I don’t know.  I keep looking at the cons of the whole deal.



    Post # 9
    11760 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    US technically does have a mixed system. Health care reform is my life’s work and I think there needs to be a bigger push for the industry to be in the free market, like any other consumer product.  It would yield higher accountability for quality and cost.  But, no system is perfect, so we do the best we can with what we have.  Ultimately, reform (of the US system) needs to encompass changes by physicians, insurers and consumers!  

    Post # 10
    951 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @MrsPanda99:  That option does exist in Canada. I know a friend who had a undiagnosed but severe gastrointestinal disease that made it very difficult for them to eat without getting sick. They were on a waiting list for a specialist, but instead they spent about $4000 to go to a private clinic that is staffed with doctors in many fields. They did a huge number of tests over the span of a week and were able to diagnose and treat her illness. 


    Search for private clinics in your city – you may be able to call them and ask if they staff a specialist or can bring in one that can treat you.


    Of course, it may be less costly if you do the same in the USA.

    P.S. I voted a combination, becuase I think healthcare should be public – people should have access to the doctor and hospital without fear of the cost. BUT..I think that if people are willing and capable of paying extra for additional private care or priority service (so seeing a specialist in a week instead of 10 months), by all means. I think that’s completely fair. We do have this option in Canada though (Alberta, at least), so I’m happy with what we have.


    Post # 11
    4049 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    It shouldn’t be solely private. It’s ridiculous that the poor suffer and in some cases die because of the cost of basic medical care. It was rare that I went to the doctor as a child because we simply couldn’t afford it. We had to wait until my medical needs became urgent before seeing a doctor. No one should have to live like that.

    I understand the frustration of long waits, but I don’t understand how anyone can think it’s okay to have only private healthcare. Combination is great – if you have the money and don’t like the wait, then spend away. But for those of us who simply cannot afford it otherwise… well, we need public healthcare.

    Post # 12
    7908 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    @MrsPanda99:  For most of us in the US, we wouldn’t be able to afford to see that specialist, even if we have insurance.

    ETA: the only time I’ve been to the ER, I waited 8 hours.

    Post # 15
    6361 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Americans pay taxes too…but what do we get for it? Good public healthcare? Nope. Good public schools? Nope. Tons of nuclear weapons and aggressive wars for resources that I don’t agree with? Yeppers. Awesome.

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