The conventional wisdom permeating most assumptions about health insurance and health care in this thread boggle the mind. Such as just for starters the idea that catastrophic insurance for cancer doesn't exist and cannot be purchased.
or the notion that 'everyone needs insurance' but simultaneously 'it sucks that insurance doesn't cover everything regardless of expense!'
canada has a lot of restrictions on things like raw milk. canada also has differently structured tax burdens, that vary by province. canada also doesn't have the nutrient deficiencies in its population that we do in america (thanks, agriculture subsidies from the government!)
and of course, canada has pretty different ethnic demographics to america. plus it is waaaay smaller. it is easier to arrange a medical infrastructure when you can draw a line 100 miles out in a couple of regions and hit most of your population. can't say the same for america.
health insurance isn't health care. i had fabulous experiences getting health care without insurance and without huge bills and without getting bankrupted. many people i know in america also had these experiences.
are our anecdotes less valuable than those that rave about how great the nhs is or how AWESOME getting care in ontario was for someone?