“Kingston is also a university town whose populations swells way beyond the norm a various times of the year and does burden the town's healthcare system accordingly. Fri and St. nights can really jam up emerg. around pub closing time The joint replacement figures include the efforts to loose weight and/or pre-ops therapy to make sure the patient is a good candidate for the procedure and can cope more readily with the strenous recovery regimen.and.....there are no co-pays. The system isn't perfect but it does suit the needs of getting care to all regardless of your station life, for my coverage is the same as the Premier of the Province or the Prime Minster of the countryhttp://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/tory-senator-goes-to-bat-for-health-care/article4355958/#”
“Mitch got up in the Senate a while go and "listed" the terrible conditions for those expecting healthcare in a small Ontario city unaware it was the hometown of a Canadian CONSERVATIVE Senator. His northern confrere fired off a note pointing out realty and noted that in Ontario, stones are sonic smashed not a surgical procedure all his constituents had healthcare and lived on average 3 yrs longer than his southern cohort. Mitch never replied. The Governor made a visit a little while ago, a "sales call" in that Ontario is Kentucky's' 3rd largest customer, buying a lot of automotive, horsey and boozy stuff. He also took a long, inquisitive look at how Ontario handles her healthcare.”
Ithinkergo on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:32:45
“You must be a Canadian? Good for you. And thanks for the perspective.”
“I'm a a bit leery when $ or % funding comparisons are made for all figures get converted to US$ and the rise and fall against the greenback can very much change the actual out of pocket expense of each country as expressed in US$. A few years ago the Cdn $ =65 cents US vs .94 cents or par to-day, so this will have a huge difference in reading costs expressed as US$ even though the $ spend in Canada has not changed, it's reportage % and relativity will. Other than a National VAT of 5%, of which about half goes to healthcare and the rest to-wards the safety net, these are the premiums, with NO co-pays for Ontario. Each province has it's own methodology for there is no Federal Dept.of Health, Education or Welfare, they are all Provincial rights and they're darn ornery about protecting those rights..http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/tax/healthpremium/rates.html”
“Were does the "well regulated militia" part get lost? Seems to me from outside those who never actually took up arms to defend the US are the ones behind the gun fetish and twisted abortion of the 2nd Amendment. But then the auctioning of elected office was OK'd too, wasn't it?”
pgaert on Nov 30, 2013 at 10:45:15
“For the first 150 years following the ratification of the Bill of Rights, it was crystal clear that the Second explicitly guaranteed every individual the rights to keep and bear arms, and that the preamble provided a single non-exclusive rationale for these rights.
In 1943, the case Tot v. United States marked the VERY FIRST TIME the theory that the rights in the Second only accrued to members of a formal militia appeared before the Supreme Court, the only court int he land that could change the longstanding interpretation of clear Constitutional language.
It is completely ridiculous to claim that during the late 17th and early 18th century, the very people who wrote and ratified the Second did not understand it's meaning, nor the next hundred plus years of people who followed them, and only in 1943 did a wily lawyer discern the ACTUAL original intent of this right.”
ilovemyrights on Nov 30, 2013 at 10:26:56
“The militia part is an example of what one can do with a right to keep and bear arms, it is NOT the cause of the right. Old news and repudiated for a century or more.”
Wilely Fox on Nov 30, 2013 at 10:07:10
“The "well regulated militia" does not get lost. To insure the continuance of the well regulated a militia it is necessary that a large percentage of the civilian populace not only have arms, but be familiar with their use. In that way a well regulated militia can always be organized out of the general population whenever the need arose.
[W]hereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it.
---Richard Henry Lee, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.
The fact is, no other formulation of the right provides any substantive protection for the well regulated militia..”
“The Bush White House "leaked" to the Boston Globe that swarthy men had been seen getting off a ferry from Nova Scotia and headed for Logan, the broad hint being Canada was the source of the terrorists. About 1/2 of all Americans still believe this and to this day most Americans have no idea what Canada actually did on that terrible day, for it was kept from the US media. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Yellow_Ribbon”
“Steyn Is NUTCASE. Oh dear you've gone awry again, your blather deserves no comment. But I will go back to the French Canadian thing. Perhaps your history lessons do not mention that twice the US tried to take Quebec, long before there even was a Canada, with much superior forces ( in numbers anyway but apparrenty not quality ), and got thumped, in 1776ish and again in 1812ish when the US ran away and never came back. I, like many others, like a Constitutional Monarchy within a Parliamentary Democracy as does all the Scandinavian countries, Holland, Spain, Japan, New Zealand, Australia,etc. etc., plus the 2.5 billion people in British Commonwealth who seem to like the stability the Crown offers. And about who goes where for healthcare, you've got that wrong too http://independentbloggersalliance.blogspot.ca/2009/11/americans-filching-canadas-health.html .....and another US report discussing things Canada articlehttp://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2013/06/27/the-worlds-most-reputable-countries-2013/ ”
bullthull on Nov 27, 2013 at 07:03:24
“That is cute, living in the past are we? from the 1920's our existence kept you safe
I live in Metro Detroit , Canadians come here regularly for elective care and cancer treatment, guess if I ran a blog you could cut and paste that. So if somebody is a "nutcase" your human rights police can ban them from sending private emails on a particular subject? Nice.”
“Actually there are more French speaking people as a% of the population in the forces than English and most officer must are bilingual to accommodate that fact, sort of the concept of over representation by southerners in the US forces. HM is Queen of 14 countries and Head of the British Commonwealth comprising 52 countries with 2.5 billion people. The English have never had an English dynasty from the first time the country could be called such (Angleland), they have been Scandinavian, French, Welsh, Scots, then that religious bloodbath called Cromwell and his republic, solved by a Dutch and then 2 German dynasties. What's a poor girl to do but continue to save us from republics that are bought and sold with unlimited $$ by the wealthy in the dishonest attempt to replicate democrtic voting criteria? I do hope I haven't diminished your rather happy blind ignorance. Having said that I shall not tell my granddaughter should you approach the door of information once more.”
bullthull on Nov 26, 2013 at 20:14:37
“And none of that changes the fact that you are less diverse than the US, you would be part of Russia if we were not to your South, you have a strange Royalty worship issue, your citizens willingly come here for health care and your government can restrict your personal activity if you offend somebody ( Mark Steyn ? ) Maybe your granddaughter can explain this all to you”
“Good grief. My granddaughter has told me not to play with people who make no sense for they are either not well read or less than "adequate" and to try and impart reality to those people is a venial sin. It just makes them feel more inadequate and just say more silly things. I shall sin no more.”
“I thought a fair ROI is to be expected from any private enterprise and under single payer all care, test. labs, drugs are supplied only by private enterprise. To say that saving them an expense that otherwise is passed onto the consumer seems right to me. Given that most of the drug and insurance companies are of Euro origin, I'm at a loss to understand the subsidy comment. for surely these drug companies sell to a much greater worldwide population than the US. R&D is done worldwide, drug companies get tax breaks from countries for letting various nations' universities do the research and the benefit is to all, save the US who do things differently when it comes to healthcare generally.”
“The difference is drugs costs has nothing to do with single payer, drugs are not covered, However pharma is not allowed to advertise and the costs for so doing, as Stateside, are not part of the equation in discussing a ROI for them hence the lower consumer costs. I think the US is the only place that does allow direct marketing to the clients.”
jlm11579 on Nov 23, 2013 at 15:02:41
“The problems I listed are just a few and independent of each other. I have no idea why you are bringing ROI (return on investment) into the cvonversation. Prescription drugs are so expensive in the US because they are not subject to the price controls at play in other major democracies. Drug companies make up for what they don't make in profit in the UK, Germany, Japan, etc, by increasing US prices even further. That's why it is fair to say we subsidize drug costs for the rest of the world.”
“Canada takes in 1%of her population annually and 20% of people who live there were born somewhere else. Toronto is 60% non-European stock, perhaps the following will help s to the result of the immigration policyhttp://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/07/18/the-most-and-least-culturally-diverse-countries-in-the-world/ As to her sister country, if you knew anything about the lads of the "Lucky Land" or the" "Land of OZ" you could understand why they don't mind my moniker of "Ozzies". I still suggest economies of scale achieved through population does give an ease of access vs sparse populations, living in harsh climates. I say sister country because we both acknowledge Queen Elizabeth 11 as our head.....so there! ”
bullthull on Nov 24, 2013 at 00:26:42
“The fact that you acknowledge a German as your head of state and the notion of royalty is all I need to know ,Canada does not produce enough babies so they turned to immigration , those social programs only work with a steadily increasing population , its math. Funny how you all come to Metro Detroit for health care if you can afford it.
I have many Canadian friends, great people but you just love to snipe at us because you are the little brother, you exist in freedom because you happen to end up north of us. We have the NSA bugging us all but your human rights commissions scare me more.”
“Actually it is quite diverse and overcomes the matter of having only 3 persons pr sq km in delivering care over vast areas and forbidding terrain whereas the US has huge economies of scale that surely provides a boost up in delivery of care.The Ozzies have the same problem as Canada but check out how very well both deliver care, education standards of living plus a safety net nonetheless.”
bullthull on Nov 22, 2013 at 19:11:27
“No Canada is not that diverse and vacant terrain means nothings , unless you love stupid errata data. The Ozzzies? You mean Aussies ? yeah go get a clue on where they are going , politically , immigration etc.”
“I wonder if all figures are converted into US Funds from he local currency. Currencies rise and fall against each other but mostly against the US greenback as in if the chart was published a few yrs. ago it would show much less for heath costs in Canada whose $ =.65 US then vs. par to-day. Sometimes I wonder about generalities. I accept the premise of the OECD chart, but question the specifics.”
“The vacation thing for Canada does not reflect that although the number shown is mandatory, most companies offer more more after a certain period of employment tenure. and......1 yr paid maternity leave arising from the standard unemployment benefits topped up by the employer.”
“Tarranah (we never pronounce the 2nd "T") has been describe by Peter Ustinov as like New York, but run by the Swiss. Bland, rich, diversified (60% non-white) safe, smug and........sorely in need of attention. The Blue Jays are a bust, the Leafs keep falling and nobody is quite sure what the Raptors actually do for a living. In years to come this time will be knows as the golden times when we actually made the American media. And we will sigh for the good old days. Let us enjoy, heap the scorn, for we love it and we need it.”