Free, universal health care is better

I am a student at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School. In our Grade 11 Social Studies class, we have been studying the issue of health care.

I am a student at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School. In our Grade 11 Social Studies class, we have been studying the issue of health care. I have learned that Canada has a universal health care system, but the United States has a user pay system of health care.

In the United States many people cannot afford health care. If they or someone in their family gets sick, they could lose their house or all of their money. The poor people don’t get cared for at all. Unlike Canada, where we are insured no matter how rich or poor we are.

For example, in the movie Sicko, a man gets two of his fingers cut off and didn’t have health care to cover the expenses. He could either get his middle finger fixed for $60,000 or his ring finger for $12,000.

It’s sad to know that he had to choose a finger to get fixed.

In Canada, this would never happen with our health care system. I’m happy to be Canadian and know how good our health care really is. When I broke my arm, we didn’t have to pay for anything; our health care insurance covered any costs. Rich or poor, you get care in Canada.

It’s unfortunate that the United States has such a bad health care system.

Hopefully they will understand and realize that adopting a universal health care system would be a good thing. It could save the lives of many Americans.

Cassy Loveday

Red Deer

Just Posted

Person airlifted to hospital after collision near Innisfail

One person was airlifted to hospital after a serious collision west of… Continue reading

Sunny weather improves farmers’ prospects

A harvester kicking up dust. It’s a picture that will bring a… Continue reading

Rural transit pilot project being considered

Penhold, Innisfail and Red Deer County councils to decide whether to go ahead with project

Red Deer fire station up for sale

Home sweet home at Fire Station 4

‘Stupid’ law preventing Canada’s re-engagement with Iran: retired envoy

OTTAWA — The real reason the Liberal government hasn’t been able to… Continue reading

Voters head to polls for BC municipal elections today

VANCOUVER — Voters in British Columbia will head to the polls today… Continue reading

All sharks tagged in N.S. expedition can now be tracked on Ocearch website

HALIFAX — All six of the sharks tagged in Nova Scotian waters… Continue reading

Memorial service for former PQ minister Lise Payette today in Montreal

MONTREAL — Mourners will gather to remember former Parti Quebecois cabinet minister… Continue reading

Immunotherapy scores a first win against some breast cancers

For the first time, one of the new immunotherapy drugs has shown… Continue reading

‘Mom I’m in trouble:’ Canadian, Brit face 10 years in jail for alleged graffiti

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. — The mother of a Canadian who was arrested… Continue reading

Coyote on the prowl near Penhold

This coyote was out on the prowl in a field just west… Continue reading

Most Read