Dr. Brian Day, the former President of the Canadian Medical Association, appeared on the O'Reilly Factor on Thursday to give Americans a better understanding of Canada's free health system that includes rationed medical care.

Dr. Day explained why there aren't enough doctors for Canadian citizens:

We rank 26 out of 28 in the developed countries as far as doctors to population. It's part of the mechanism of rationing that has to happen when you promise to deliver everything and don't have enough resources.

And here's what he said about those long lines of patients waiting for medical care in Canada, which explains why so many well-to-do Canadians come to the U.S. to seek treatment.:

We have over a million people waiting for surgery and probably another million waiting to see their specialist before they get to wait for the surgery.

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  • Mspeng

    OK...so as a canadian i have to give my view on this. The first thing I would do is tell all Americans to watch the Michael Moore documentary Sicko because it shows how far BEHIND the rest of the world America's health care system. This post mentions Canadians going to America for healthcare...what about mentioning that Americans MARRY Canadians for free health care? I had a baby in Jan this year. My hospital bill was 3 dollars and it was for a phone call. I have never had an issue seeing a specialist...have had the same family dr for years...my daugher was born and her health card was issued while i was in the hospital with her. Whil pregnant I needed to have surgery, I saw my dr the Tuesday and my surgery was scheduled for Wednesday. When i have to go to the emergency room, I dont pay a cent and depending on the severity of theissue, I'm out of there in 4 hrs or so. Our government does a fantastic job with health care because yes, we have high taxes here. But u see your tax dollars go to use. I would hate to live with private health care where I have to go to approved medical facilities or shell out cash everytime I go to a dr. I'm fully satisfied where I am.

  • Daisy

    Dang 3 for a baby and I don't even have kids yet but I know I will pay more than that when my time comes

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    Sandra, are you turning your blog into a polictical blog?? Can we stick to entertainment please?? LOL

  • Anna

    @ Mspeng.
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    Thanks for your comment. I have private ins. and can see my doc on the drop of a whim. I do have a copay and I don't mind. I am glad that you cleared some things up. Last summer I read that Canada was flying women in to have babies in the U S due to over crowding. I would love a $3 hospital bill.

  • starr

    Ms. Peng thank u for your comment. I have relatives in can and have heard the same.

  • masonmom

    i heard its free over there too! i got benefits through my job THANK GOD!! but we do have copays. i've never had a problem with kaiser so im straight. when i had mason the only thing i paid for was his circumcision ($200). "dont be tardy for the party"

  • masonmom

    and yes attorney, im sitting at work looking for entertainment too!

  • SunnyPA

    Mspeng, so glad to hear that you are one of the fortunate ones.

  • Prissydiva71

    Yawn...............I so agree. Why don't you just turn this blog into "I Hate Obama" and call it a day. I am so over all the Obama posts. That's what the news blogs are for. Sandra, sorry, but they run circles around you. Stick to bashing entertainers you don't like-that's what you do best!

  • KaraZ

    @mspeng Thank you. I have friends who live in countries with free healthcare & whenever they visit they're appalled at the high costs of healthcare here.
    Even with my private insurance, I still have to wait sometimes for an appointment with my doctors, so its not like private insurance is magic & rids the healthcare system of inefficiencies.

    *puts Canadian as a desirable trait for possible future beau in case things don't work out*

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    The problem with healthcare are the drug dealers called pharmaceutical companies. If the problem is the cost of healthcare, then address the cost. Why are we complicating things??

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    Sidebar Sermon of the Day: It is time to say thank you!!

    http://charactercorner.blogspot.com/2009/08/sidebar-message-its-time-to-say-thank.html

  • SunnyPA

    Here's an idea for healthcare reform ... people should get off their fat asses and exercise.

    I just came from a family get-together. My 40 y/o cousin who just had quadruple heart bypass surgery was there. He had the nerve to debate healthcare reform while stuffing down a plate of ribs.

    Go figure.

  • kcicero

    So I guess cancer is caused by being over weight too? I get what your saying but that's a generalization and is not indicative of why people are having so much trouble paying their medical bills...