Originally Posted by becca_howell
Not to get off topic, but I think that is the misconception about the "uninsured" in the US. Of the 6 million "uninsured" in CA, over half of them are ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS! Ha!
Also, being "uninsured" isn't that bad. If you don't have a chronic health condition or if you are one who avoids doctors at all costs, you don't need health insurance. Besides, most health insurances don't cover holistic/naturopathic doctors.
My family is uninsured and it is that bad. My husband had a hernia and we had to go to 2 different emergency rooms and deal with their financial department for about an hour before treatment. Neither emergency room gave him treatment other than pain meds, and both said he would need surgery but we would have to put a certain percentage of the cost down before they would schedule a surgery.
All it takes is one fall that breaks your wrist, one car wreck, or one unplanned sickness and I KNOW that our medical bills would bankrupt us and then some. Being uninsured is scary, and I know many many many uninsured families. It seems a bit naive to me to state that being uninsured isn't that bad.
I don't go to dr.s with every sniffle. In fact I avoid them like the plague. However, I am constantly worried about some sort of accident. My moms broken wrist would have cost her over 35,000 had she not had insurance (she had to have surgery). A broken wrist!
OP- I have been a bit worried about this too. Especially after the whole mom who refused chemo thing and the gov't stepped in and ordered it. I worry that when the gov provides it, the gov dictates it. However, I *hope* that we would just fall in Canadas footsteps and it won't affect us.