Just saw "Sicko" by Michael Moore

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Real Estate Agent with Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty

I sat down and watched Michael Moore's film "Sicko" and it really made me stop and think. I know that he's giving his side of the story and sensationalizing parts for the benefit of the movie. I realize that more than 80% of Americans have health insurance but do the HMOs and medical insurance companies really treat their clients this way? Do they try to find loopholes so they won't have to pay?

I consider myself and my family very luck to be living in Canada where we have universal healthcare. I know we pay more taxes than our American neighbours but I will gladly pay it if helps provide free medical services. As indicated in the film, we as Canadians love to complain about our healthcare system - long waits for services, not enough doctors, etc. - but when all is said and done I wouldn't trade it. It's not something which we give much thought to in our everyday lives but when the need arises you get a whole new appreciation for it.

Recently my eldest son was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma and had to go through many painful and elaborate tests to determine the type of cancer as well as its extent. At no point did we have to wait more than 2 days for tests to be done including cat-scans, MRIs, as well as biopsies. The medical staff has been extremely caring and compassionate to my son. I couldn't imagine the costs involved in treating him including the chemo but it would far exceed anything that my wife and I could afford. At no time has anything regarding his treatment not been done because of the cost. Even the drugs he must take at home are fully covered by our system. 

Granted the waits can be much longer for some people who do not have life threatening illnesses but when it comes to the very sick the system works. Our system is far from perfect but I'm glad that Tommy Douglas had the vision and the passion to push the Government of the day to implement our universal healthcare system. 

 

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Comments (9)

Susan Boeldt
Century 21 Rautmann/Schils Real Estate Inc - Sheboygan, WI
Wow you are the first Canadian to say they like the health care system. The CEO of the Canadian division of my husbands company came to the USA for his Cancer treatment.  I have not seen sicko don't care for Mr. Moore.  I only know what I have heard and no mater what you do people will not be happy!
Dec 17, 2007 10:28 AM
Eric Webster
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MI, Five Star Realty

Good post Wayne. 

Certainly Michael Moore is controversial, and probably by his own design. But of his movies, I found this one to be less sensational and greatly more troubling.

I hope that some large reforms will be forthcoming, but there are a lot of very rich people/companies lobbying to make sure that the golden goose doesn't get changed.

Happy Holidays!

Dec 17, 2007 10:28 AM
Fred Jaeger
High Lakes Realty and Property Management - La Pine, OR
Real Estate Connection - Central Oregon

Ah.. 80% have health insurance... not sure about that one, seems like a lot fewer actually do.  Even those who do are in danger of losing it or are almost getting to the point where the co-pays are not manageable.

I'm so sorry to hear about your son but as you have indicated, you are so blessed to have health care provided to you.  People here who oppose a universal system do not have a grip on the reality of the crisis we are facing.  Despite any possible failures that might exist with the Canadian system, we would be far better off here with something similar.  And we need it NOW.

I think some people are unfairly pre-disposed to oppose what ever Michael Moore puts out.  Personally, he's one of my Heroes and I consider him to be a patriot.

Dec 17, 2007 10:33 AM
Gary Bland R (S) E-Pro, ABR
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers - Wailea, HI
My thoughts are about your sons treatment and test.  Its funny how people read different things in anyone's writing.
Dec 17, 2007 10:39 AM
Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy
Speedy healing wishes going out to your son, lucky you are in Canada, The US sure needs to change our system,
Dec 17, 2007 10:56 AM
Sean Allen
International Financing Solutions - Fort Myers, FL
International Financing Solutions
HHHmmm, best of luck to your son and your family. I amnot a very big fan of Michael Moore and have no intentions to watch his movie, but am glad to hear that Canada's system is working well to help your son.
Dec 17, 2007 10:57 AM
Brandi Hollerich
Watson Realty Corp. - Fernandina Beach, FL
Fernandina Beach, Yulee & Amelia Island RealtorĀ®
Hi Wayne - I rented this and liked it.  Lots of different opinions on Michael Moore and the movie.....I have not watched any of his other films but would personally love to have universal healthcare.
Dec 17, 2007 01:05 PM
Anonymous
Bev McMullan-Kungl

To my terrific brother, Wayne...I'm always thinking of you and Lori and, of course, my nephew Sean.  Yes, I agree with you that Sean has received quick and excellent care since his diagnosis in Oct/07.  This was indeed a true test of our health care system and with the doctor's and the caregivers Sean has made a remarkable transition from what he was like late last year.  Remember...we are all there for you!  See you soon.  Love Bev xo

Mar 20, 2008 05:01 AM
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Sergio DePinto
Royal LePage Maximum Realty.,Brokerage - Greater Toronto Area - Vaughan, ON

Wayne, I know it's been a while since you posted this, and I hope all is well with your son...

I'm grateful we live in this environment of healthcare.

I've recently gone through my personal battle with cancer and still in recovery. The folks at Sunnybrook were amazing.... I'm having a charity walk n' run to support the facility and the cause. It's the least I can do for future patients and my community.

God Bless,

Sergio

Jul 10, 2010 05:28 AM