Justin Bieber unimpressed with American health care system, prefers Canada’s

Fox News: Justin Bieber unimpressed with American health care system, prefers Canada’s

“You guys are evil,” he laughs in the new issue of Rolling Stone. “Canada’s the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don’t need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you’re broke because of medical bills. My bodyguard’s baby was premature, and now he has to pay for it. In Canada, if your baby’s premature, he stays in the hospital as long as he needs to, and then you go home.”

Ahhh… to be 17 rich and clueless. The reality is: “We go to the doctor spend your whole life on a waiting list and they you are broke from sky high sales and income taxes”.  Somehow I doubt the next time Justin sees the doctor it’s at public walk-in clinic.

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5 Responses to Justin Bieber unimpressed with American health care system, prefers Canada’s

  1. Mackenzie Fischer says:

    As much as what Justin Bieber says is irrelevant, I am Canadian, and fully agree with Bieber’s opinion. I have had many family members in the hospital for a variety of different reasons(dialysis, kidney stones, child labour) and I have never heard of these waiting list, or poor practice you Americans promote when talking about Canadian socialisitic health care system. Seems to me more like protecting corporate profits in favor of the best interest of Americans. Bieber’s opinions on this topic are quite similar to the vast majority of Canadians. If the government tried to take are public health care, there would be revolution. Reason America is the only industrialized country without health care, and by far spend the most for the health care they get. Ignorance.

    • Dan says:

      I am Canadian and this is a Canadian blog. The examples you give are for critical care which I agree is readily available. Have you ever asked anyone who is on a waiting list for routine non-life threatening care? People wait years for hip replacements etc. and are forced to stay in the system. Why can I spend thousands of dollars for medical treatment for my dog but not my self or my daughter if I choose?

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  2. cmc says:

    Justin Bieber is a child. The USA has the best system in the world. Where do think all the inovation in health care comes from. Canadian health care is not free. If you are not paying someone else is. Our socialist system is falling apart. We already have a two tiered system, its called crossing the border. Why shouldn’t the money stay in Canada? Why shouldn’t we be able to get an mri or a blood test if we can pay for it? Who are we protecting, certainly not patients or taxpayers. Its all smoke and mirrors, governments and unions pretend to fight with each other over costs. Trouble is neither of them have any money they steal the fruit of taxpayers labor. Hang on it is all falling apart.

  3. Ramona K says:

    I agree with Bieber – Our Canadian health care system is not perfect but when you consider the overall impact of administrating universal health care there are substantial costs savings, which means we pay less for the same services. Spreading the risks irregardless of health status greatly reduces the cost per individual in the long term. It is also a question of morals. The USA is the wealthiest nation in the world and yet 40, 000, 000 persons cannot afford basic health care needs. The disparity between the rich and the poor suggests that their fundamental values are individualistic when you consider how they treat the least among them. The USA is generally an unhealthy nation with poor publicly funded health promotion and prevention strategies – focusing on a curative approach (technology and drugs) will be unsustainable as the costs of technology and drugs rise and the population continues to age (* these costs administrative, technology and drugs are largely driven by large corporations). USA assumes that we pay astronomically for our high quality health care but the truth is that USA spends approximately 15% of their GDP but only maintains a world ranking of 37, which means their return on investment is far worse than ours (we pay 10% GDP, 30th ranking) plus we get universal coverage for all (WHO, 2000). The poor health care system of the USA results in substantial costs to society (PYLL, etc). Our system protects persons such as single mothers so that a cycle of health inequality does not continue to their children. I have studied other health care systems, including studying abroad in the UK and I am convinced that not only our publically funded health care system but many public and two-tiered systems across OECD developed world are by far better than the US’ at a lower cost. For more information check out the World Health Organization world rankings.

    Ramona
    MSc Health Services and Public Health Research
    BHSc Health Information Management

  4. cmc says:

    That is typical Ramona, you are on the health care gravy train.

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