The USA is the only industrialized country not to guarantee healthcare to all their people as a right;
Americans pay 16.6 per cent of their GDP for healthcare compared to our 10 per cent;
At an average of $11,851 per person per year, America spends nearly two and half times the $4783 average of OECD countries such as Canada;
28 million Americans don't have healthcare coverage;
One third of American adults go without recommended care, do not see a doctor when sick, or fail to fill a prescription because of high costs;
A CBC Television program named Tommy Douglas "The Greatest Canadian", based on a Canada-wide, viewer-supported survey,largely for introducing the continent's first universal healthcare program;
The United States of America is a close friend and ally;
58 per cent of Americans are in favor of a single-payer healthcare system;
66 per cent of American voters (including 48 per cent of Trump voters) support all Americans getting their healthcare from one government plan;
Humanity is valued by Canada; and
A single-payer, universal healthcare program would negotiate payments, enable people to seek care from any participating healthcare provider, ease economic inequality and health disparities, facilitate distribution of resources based on need, encourage better primary and preventive care, reduce mental stress of the current system, reduce neglect in rural and low-income urban areas and benefit the North American economy.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to voice recognition of American efforts towards a single-payer, universal healthcare program.
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