Sure, people say it's ok to handle the routine bruises and scrapes of living in modern society. But anything more exotic turns out to be not so good.
I know: there are those who insist that statistics favor single-payer systems.
But the reality has been somewhat different in Canada:In his Wall Street Journal article, Lemieux quotes Professor Livio Di Matteo of Lakehead University in Ontario describing a three-tier system of health care in Canada. The very rich, DiMatteo pointed out, can go to the U.S. for rapid, personalized, high-tech treatment. A second tier, consisting of well-informed, aggressive Canadians, knows how to navigate the government system to gain every possible advantage, like getting to the head of the queue.
The third tier are the unconnected citizens, who make up the vast majority of patients in the Canadian health care system. They must suffer the slings and arrows of a system notoriously oblivious to anguish, discomfort, humiliation, and other affronts perpetrated by unfeeling bureaucrats on patients whose pain is most definitely not felt by those in charge.
The point is that while Canada has a single-payer system, the US system is part of it for all practical purposes: those who can afford private treatment cross the border (it is illegal to offer private treatment in Canada).