Yea, I had never heard of him either until I read an bit about him in the Newsmakers question and answer section of Newsweek.
You've lived in Canada and the U.S. Which has the better healthcare system?
At the end of the day, if it's free it's better. There are a lot of obstacles but eventually you get what you need if you fight really hard. That's better than being completely wiped out.
Well then I guess his music must suck since if I go to Amazon and search on his name, none of what comes up is free.
The whole Canadian Health Care is free line just bothers me to no end. It is not free. Doctors in Canada do not perform medical procedures as a hobby. The pharmacuticals do not donate drugs to Canadian medical facilities. It is NOT free and it is NOT better.
Canadian healthcare is funded through a combination of taxes and / or premiums...
Funding for the insurance plans comes from the general revenues of the Canadian provinces/territories, assisted by transfer payments from the federal government through the Canada Health Transfer. Some provinces charge health care premiums, but these are in effect taxes (since they are not tied to service use, nor to provincial health expenditures). The system is accordingly classified by the OECD as a tax-supported system, as opposed to the social insurance approaches used in many European countries.
Free healthcare, it does not exist, it never has and it never will. Someone is paying and most likely it is the person receiving the treatment.
But let me ask this one question, would you even want to go to a doctor that does not get paid?