Originally Posted by Murihiku
I don't feel that way about taxes; if I did, I might start to think that because I pay more taxes, and hence a bigger proportion of my doctor's salary, than someone on social assistance that I somehow "purchased" better service than that person on social assistance, and I don't feel that way. I don't feel that I am purchasing less than someone wealthier than I who pays more taxes, either.
And if I said to my doctor "my taxes pay your salary," he could say "my taxes pay for your child to go to public school." In fact, since my doctor probably makes more than I do, he probably pays a higher proportion of his salary than I do.
The major difference is that the doctor's entire income comes from
tax dollars in the first place. I'm not objecting to the system. While I'm nowhere near as enamored of our "health care" as many Canadians, I do appreciate that there is no
possibility of finding myself without medical coverage if I get hit by a drunk driver in a crosswalk.
|Paying taxes for my healthcare rather than paying for it directly makes me feel like a citizen rather than a consumer. A consumer/customer "is always right"; a citizen balances her rights with her duties. When it comes to healthcare (and education too) I would rather construct myself as a citizen than a consumer.
I'm a Canadian citizen, as well. I'm also a consumer. I wish I thought about it that way more often, because then maybe I'd have "fired" my OB before
he cut me open unnecessarily again. It's a major failing of the Canadian system, imo, that "shopping around" for a new doctor doesn't tend to occur to us that often.
In any case, I don't care if people think of themselves as consumers or as citizens when it comes to their "health care" (and since when does "medical" equal "health"?). I do care if the system encourages them to think of doctors as being above them. I honestly think that, in some ways, the Canadian system is even worse than the US for this particular issue. OTOH, I haven't had to deal with a doctor threatening me with CPS for not vaxing my kid, so I could be way off base there.