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Socialized medicine is great, end of story.

Maybe in your country? My son in Canada would disagree with you. :)

I honestly don't know exactly how it works in Canada, but here if I was unsatisfied with any care I get I have a number of options [changing networks, going to a different dr/clinic, going directly to specialist w/o a referral, going to the emergency room, going to a hospital, etc (some of which cost me a fee, but nothing that approaches the $25-75 copay my mother has in CA)] all the way up to paying for a private clinic (which my insurance would still cover in part).

I'm not saying that you can't do the socialized medicine model wrong, but I don't think you can do the capitalist model right (& honestly w/o knowing your son's specific circumstances, chances are that he would be worse off in the states unless he's both independently wealthy & well insured). The rules of capitalism just don't apply:

Greed is bad:

The profit motive is bad for care, the second that it's more profitable to let you die, they will

Curing you is bad, paying for treatment for chronic disease for the rest of your life makes them money

They can charge whatever they want because your life is worth more than all the money you have

Drug companies do inadequate testing & or obscure the results because it's not about medicine, it's about profit

Old people & sick kids cost much more than they're worth

Supply & Demand don't work

You can shop around when you need non-immediate care, but the second that you're dealing with an emergency you can't

They can charge whatever they want, because you're going to pay it if your choice is paying it, suffering, or death

The price they demand from you is vastly different from the price they demand from an insurance company

In emergency care the price is set after the treatment

Competition:

There's often little or no competition in the drugs market

Your choices are limited by your insurance (assuming you have), which is often determined by your job

The Rule of Law:

Lobbyists write the laws

The FDA doesn't do most of the testing, most of it's submitted by drug companies who don't have any interest other than profit at heart

The drug patent laws have been modified specifically to limit competition

Attempts to claim ownership of the human genome

Look, capitalism at its best the "great emancipator," it frees people from class, nepotism, race, etc, & values a person on their abilities & hard work. However we've got to accept that it's not the solution to all our problems, as clearly demonstrated in this case.

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(Fly is going to bust me for this---but it's important dammit! :D)

What happened to white dog turds? When is the last time you saw one? :huh: Used to be when they dried up in the sun out in the back yard, they'ed turn white and ashy looking. When did that stop happening and how come? :blink:

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(Fly is going to bust me for this---but it's important dammit! :D)

What happened to white dog turds? When is the last time you saw one? :huh: Used to be when they dried up in the sun out in the back yard, they'ed turn white and ashy looking. When did that stop happening and how come? :blink:

SR

....because they stopped bulking up dog food with chalk. True story.

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