How Canada's Universal Health-Care System Works

How Canada's Universal Health-Care System Works

Canada’s health-care system is playing a larger role in America’s political discourse as the 2020 presidential elections heat up. Progressives on the left love pointing to Canada as an equitable and efficient health care system. Conservatives use Canada as an example when warning about the dangers of socialized medicine and unchecked bureaucracy. So how exactly is medicare working in Canada and how does it compare to the United States?

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How Canada’s Universal Health-Care System Works


  1. Andrew Walsh on December 17, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Rich people in Canada just go to the US for private and better care. Lol

  2. Adam Kalb on December 17, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    I want to find and need to vote for people who are not bribed by insurance companies and will make United States healthcare easier to afford and more equitable like Canada. My mom, who is a nurse, taught me yesterday that how insurance is SUPPOSED to work, is that when you pay the hospital in advance, you do not need to pay extra when you actually get hurt. I swear, I am very sick of people who use socialism as an excuse to not implement policies that would make millions of working class American lives a little easier to get by. December 3, 2021, 7:00pm

  3. Hi I'm Peyton! on December 17, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    “They would have to increase our taxes to make healthcare free, oh noooooo”

    $725 billion was spent on the military last year… we’re becoming Germany before WW1 I swear. How about we stop doing overkill on our military, and put that into more homeless shelters, more money for those who can’t physically work, FREE HOSPITALS. Like, our taxes won’t need to increase. The government would need to know how to use it.

  4. Catspiracy Theorist on December 17, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    And Canada’s “free” health care system keeps getting shittier and shittier like other socialist health care systems. U cannot even meet with a psychiatrist for your mental health issues without being on a waitlist for almost a year.

  5. Brenton Harding on December 17, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    The currency conversions in this presentation are flawed. It is wrong to convert Canadian dollars to U.S. dollars. Why? We do not spend U.S. dollars in Canada to acquire goods and services. We spend Canadian dollars.

    Remember too, the Canadian dollars consistently trades at a 25% discount on the U.S. dollar. i.e. $1 Canadian = $1.25 U.S.

    So the presentation should have said, for example, Canadians spend $100 (CAD) while Americans spend $118 (USD) on medical services. That is a more accurate comparison.

    One other point that goes unmentioned is despite Canada’s universal healthcare system being funded by taxes, Canada has among the lowest overall tax burdens of the OECD countries, lower than the U.S.

    By the way, the name of the largest country in the western hemisphere Cah na da, not Key na da.

  6. Cad mium on December 17, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Also it would be interesting to remember that hospitals were not for profit and Nixon brought in the health maintenance organization which probably worked rather well for a while.
    Something happened though in the relentless drive for profit … Oh, yeah and how many personal bankruptcies from catastrophic health care?
    Is it still close to 65%?

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  11. Hoorown on December 17, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    I’m from Brazil, if i go to Canada without any insurance can i use their healthcare system in anyway?

  12. Berry on December 17, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    We had planned to immigrate to the US from Canada many yrs ago, once I found out how their medical system works I decided to forget about it.
    I can’t see myself losing my lifes work for a surgery at my old age, no thanks.

  13. Harry Cooper on December 17, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    I notice one thing pro-American healthcare people never mention is how health insurance is tied to employment. Many people are forced to say at a job because it offers health insurance, and they have family requiring care.

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  16. Bagel CHiPS on December 17, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    God, I want to move to Canada

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  18. Brad on December 17, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    Anyone who rallys for government run healthcare has never had to deal with the VA. You have no idea what frustration is.

  19. [[[]]] on December 17, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    Every single instance where our wait times are better is due to the fact no one can afford to get the care they need. It says nothing about the quality or efficiency of our system. It just means Americans will die at home vs. putting their families in debt. I’m sick of that not being taken into consideration.

  20. NeoBot on December 17, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    And yes there is a waiting list that goes with Canadas Healthcare system but its better then paying a house payment for treatment

  21. Karen Fox on December 17, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    Here’s a fact. There is no run away profiting from sick people in Canada. Insulin is 10x less than the US as are many drugs. We also have help for people who can’t pay for drugs. It may take months for elective surgery, but if you have a critical illness you are taken care of. Of course, covid has screwed up everything.

  22. 李開元 on December 17, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    I lived in countries both with and without universal health care. I was diagnosed with severe allergy. In Canada with universal health care, I made an appointment to see my general practitioner after a week, then he refered me to a specialist after four months. The specialist scheduled me for some checks after a month, and I waited another month for the report.
    Losing my hope for the Canadian health care system, I went to China and paid for everything upfront. I entered a hospital, without an appointment, lined up to see a specialist in 30 minutes, then I went downstairs to perform the same checks immediately that would take me a month in Canada. I left the hospital for a lunch and got a text message saying my reports are ready.
    More than 6 months vs less than 2 hours, I’m sure that I will prefer to pay for my own health care for better service quality and wait time.

  23. Madison arias on December 17, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    As someone living in the U.S you will wait hours in the E.R , months for specialist. I do not know why this video makes it seem as though those are the difference between the U.S and Canada when the only difference is we go bankrupt for going to wait hours.

  24. marc-antoine roy on December 17, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    The problem with the canadian system is that it wait fo you to get sicker so you’ll cost more at the and. I lost my grandma this way, cancer didn’t wait to generalise. My father has cardiac problems and wait 3 f$$ing years on the waiting list for a family doctor. Guess what he chose a private clinic and was able to have a family doctor in 2 weeks. Equality sound beutiful and amazing but it’s trash for everybody. I rather pay for long terme quality by people who give a f… about me.

  25. narzary d on December 17, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    In India no money no treatment

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  27. Alpha Jamil on December 17, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    As a Canadian, I will honestly tell you our health care is garbage. I have a blood condition and my appointment is scheduled 6 months from now. I once had an injury needing stitches and went to the emergency at scarborough general. They didnt have any disinfectant and dressed my would after washing it with just water. If you belong to the middle class, you are better off with U.S quality paid for healthcare since you spend as much in taxes that go to Canadian healthcare. If you work min wage or live off welfare, hey beggars cant be choosers so you are better off with Canada’s healthcare.

  28. Andrew Rourke on December 17, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    The US has a pop. of 330 million and Canada 31 million. Canada has been rationalizing OPs, medication and appointments with specialists long before COVID-119 showed up. Nothing comes from nothing.

  29. de on December 17, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    The more I learn about America, the less I want to be in America.

  30. Md Shimul on December 17, 2021 at 7:02 pm


  31. ♡AngelinaSkye1695♡ on December 17, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    The only problem is that people can still get denied medically necessary treatments with Canada’s current Medicare system. In 2017 I was diagnosed with primary lymphedema and have been denied treatment due to there being no coverage. After having worked to support myself since the age of 17 I had to quit working at age 40 as there was 6 + Litres of built up lymphatic fluid in my leg which could have been resolved by manual lymphatic drainage massage but I could not afford to pay out of pocket as it would cost me $1000/week. The excess swelling caused a wound in 2018 which lasted for 3 years leading to hospitalizations due to reoccurring cellutis. For the first 3 months of this year I spent my entire days and nights sleeping or crying in pain. I was to the point of just signing up for medical assistance in dying as that is covered in Canada. As my condition has been getting worse untreated the only option now is surgery which they do not offer in Canada. The reoccurring cellutis destroyed my immune system and I am at huge risk of adverse effects if I get the vaccine so I am now prevented from leaving Canada for treatment that I have been waiting for years to get. It is my understanding that in the US you would get treatment and then owe money afterwards. Had that been an option here I would have done it and gotten treated and probably gone back to work by now but instead I am forced to live on the disability system which gives me $1300 per month and my rent is $1100.

  32. Cam UOR on December 17, 2021 at 7:02 pm

  33. Danny Hughes on December 17, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    With such a system there should be personal accountability.
    A person who takes care to respect his/her Health is a lot less burden on Government resources and should be rewarded, as opposed to a person who says ‘why make an effort.?.. if I become ill the Government will take care of me and my family for however long it takes to [hopefully] get better’…. until the next time comes along.
    It is a complex issue and genuine cases [accidents, unexpecteds, Preventative Care etc.] should be allotted all the resources possible but anything given for free is usually abused.

  34. Ozymandias on December 17, 2021 at 7:04 pm


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  36. Jason Frodoman on December 17, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Every developed country has a better system than US. In Canada, and other countries, people aren’t deathly afraid of getting sick because they can’t afford to pay.

  37. Pizza goes splat on December 17, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    The more money you can pay the better the healthcare is a major taboo in ALL advanced countries in the world. Not just Canada

  38. Adam Wanders on December 17, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Quebec woman dead 2 days after lying on Gatineau hospital floor awaiting treatment. Anne Pommainville spent several hours in pain lying on the floor of the Hull Hospital emergency department

  39. Max default on December 17, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Health care in Canada isn’t truly universal. Only the hospital is free, and if you make enough money you’re forced to buy health insurance just like in America. Medical care is only free in Canada if a. You’re at the hospital or b. You can’t afford it. Otherwise if you are in a greater income bracket you have to buy health insurance from the government.

  40. the world is ending on December 17, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    The whole waiting time thing is a problem but chose you favorite

    Wait a little bit and receive amazing healthcare

    Get it immediately ….. You now have no money

  41. Bob Fearnley on December 17, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    I am waiting for the US to improve their healthcare so Canada can finally stop pointing fingers to the south and improve their own healthcare!

  42. tabman on December 17, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    In nz we have free health care an its payed for in the form of taxes be it your work tax or a type of leviy or that we pay when we register our vehicles license monthly or yearly we still have health insurance for private health care an private specialist surgerys then we also have free surgeries under the general health care system for example if i walked into the hospital here in nz with a fractured arm they would xray it put a cast on it an you be on your merry way if it was broken same thing they xray it see whats gotta be done examine you open you up fix that arm an you rest blah blah doctor sees you tells you what you gotta do tgen they discharge you

  43. sophia Zheng on December 17, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    Free or not free, isn’t efficiency counts more in evaluating a health care system? From my experience, Canada’s health system was not created to keep its citizens healthy, but to prevent these seriously ill from dying. Long waiting time and difficulties in finding doctors make healthcare resources so hard to be approached. illness could have been caught and treated at an early stage either lead to ER or self-cured. Does it sound like gambling? with your own health? The best part is, money won’t solve the problem and there is no way but to see your condition getting worsen/leaving undiagnosed while waiting.

  44. Amo_res on December 17, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    In Canada, i had a concussion, went to ER and waited 6 hours overnight because it wasn’t “Serious” enough to be checked right away. Plus another hour to wait for doctor or specialist to check you after they finally asked you to wait in a room with a bed. I had to go through headaches and i had a wound from that moment i got concussion and the wound wasn’t bleeding enough so “it’s ok to wait”
    And the ER or the hospital did not seem that busy, well i know the ER wasnt

    Still we paid nothing tho,

    only time, discomfort, and frustration.

  45. Philip Phil on December 17, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    Canadian just has better diet

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    That’s why USA is called super power in all aspects.

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  48. David Willims on December 17, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    oddly enough…i see long waits in the US…in Arizona. we moved here in May, it took 4 months to see any doctors at all

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