What Jim Carrey Got Wrong About Canada’s Health-Care System

What Jim Carrey Got Wrong About Canada’s Health-Care System

I am a Canadian who, twice, had to seek out services in the U.S that weren’t readily available in Canada.

Last week, Jim Carrey told the world what he really thinks of the Canadian health-care system on the hit show Real Time with Bill Maher. While our media is constantly being bombarded by messages that our health-care system is the ideal to live up to, it’s a concept that only sounds nice on paper. In practice, we pay high prescription prices, have to wait a minimum of two years for many specialists, and marginalized members of society receive worse care due to discrimination pushed by doctors trying to siphon through their long list of patients.

I’m not feeding readers “bulls**t you get on all the political shows from people that [the Canadian health care system] is a failure,” as Carrey announces that the dissent people have of this system is untrue. I am an East Coast resident, with private and public insurance, who has twice had to seek out services in the United States that weren’t readily available in Canada for two different conditions. Had I been American with either condition, I would have been eligible under private insurance for coverage or reimbursement.

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Actor Jim Carrey poses at the premiere of Showtime's "Kidding" at the Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles

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