David, the problem I have with your argument is simply that you don’t dispute anything I’ve said about the American health care system. Even if, for the sake of argument, I concede all your points about the Canadian health care system, the fact remains that overall outcomes are better for Canadians than Americans. Life expectancy is longer, there are fewer years lost to premature death, disease or disability, every single Canadian has at least basic insurance without any copays or deductibles instead of millions of citizens going completely without or being under-insured.
People go on and on about rationing in Canada while ignoring the fact that rationing in the US is done not according to medical need but the ability to pay. Large deductibles are the equivalent of not covering prescription drugs, and those drugs cost more in the US than in Canada. Insurance companies not covering the first few thousand in health related expenditures or not covering certain procedures at all under any circumstances gets no attention from you or other critics of the Canadian system, but if Canada makes someone wait an extra few weeks for a non-emergency MRI we never hear the end of it. What about the sick American child whose parents think they are covered only to find out the insurance company has denied their claim?
So, the data shows that for all its faults the Canadian system is still doing better than its US counterpart when it comes to outcomes. As I pointed out in the original article, Texas’ maternal mortality rate is the worst in the developed world. It’s more than 10X higher than Poland’s, let alone Canada’s. So again, I’ll take the Canadian system over the US any day of the week. And regardless what your wife’s Canadian relatives are saying, polls consistently show the vast majority of Canadians would too.
“While dissatisfaction with the U.S. health care system is widespread among Americans, Canada’s health care system enjoys high levels of satisfaction among its own population.” Source: http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/lessons-can-u-s-learn-canadian-health-care-system/