Universal Health Care

By Emily, age 20, Newfoundland
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

With all the controversy surrounding socialized medicine in the United States, I thought this would be a prime opportunity to tell you about my experience with it in Canada.

I've been living in Canada for almost 7 years, and my favourite part has got to be the health care. It appears to be free because so much money is taken out of taxes every year to pay for health care. It may sound crappy, but in reality, it's quite convenient. When I go to the doctor's office, I don't have to worry about whether I have enough money to go. I just make the appointment and show up with my health card.

If I wake up in the middle of the night and have to go to the emergency room for any reason, I don't have to worry if my insurance company will pay for anything that needs to be done there. No matter what test, how much money I make in the span of a year, nothing. A relative of mine was just diagnosed with cancer and has begun treatment. They have started her on some very rigorous, very expensive treatment. If she lived in the United States, she wouldn't be able to get the treatment she needs because of her age. But she lives in Canada, where it doesn't matter how old she is; she will still receive treatment.

Don't get me wrong, socialized medicine has its cons. Unfortunately, some people abuse the system and there are some long waiting times, but despite popular belief, there are no death squads in Canada. Nobody gets to decide if you live or die.

So my best advice to the United States right now is to embrace socialized medicine. There are 45 million people uninsured down there right now because insurance is just so expensive. So say yes to universal health care!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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