There you have your answer Jay
Blame it on the American private health care system lol. Now there is ignorance for you. Everyone has their own choice here and while some make no choice at all, the people still pay for them.
I have had both American and Canadian health care benefits.
I value and respect both.
I guess Canadians have no idea how all the Mexican and other S.A. migrants are cared for at our own cost because they have no health care system, and cannot afford to pay the going rate. They are not turned away and are treated on an equal basis. Mexican birth takes up around 95% of the population growth in California and very few of those cases have any coverage at all. They are paid for and the health of the mother/child are insisted upon.
I prefer government just stay out of it and stop judging people by their infirmities so the medical profession can get on with what they are trained to do. What has money to do with health care anyway? Why can't people make their own decisions?
I now consistently compare my personal health care with one family member in Canada because we both have chronic illness which requires constant monitoring and medications and the U.S. health care system is constantly being degraded by Canadians.
She and I pay small co-payments for medicines and nothing for physical inspections and consultations. She pays extra for a few specialists considered non essential by the government but give her relief from her pain. When my husband died, I paid nothing except for a few last minute hysterical tests which were ordered to try to circumvent the outcome. These were minimal in cost. The V.A. have since picked up the tab after I paid it.
Juan the high cost of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, etc..... never ends...
People will always have addictions - even weight management has its problems - are we going to argue the skin cancers caused by exposure to the sun? Are we going to freak out over every man and woman who has picked up STD's (they are on the rise), what about HIV/AIDS? What about in-utero identified malformation? Do we pluck the fetus out to save future spending? What about cosmetic surgeries gone bad?
You start picking out favorites to remove and you will have activists hammering down the doors of government insisting their own illness should be included rather than thrown into the government's gutter.
Your American experience Juan is with one family - and you judge the whole nation on it.
Colby has already said it better than I.