Why are you wanting my health care to be controlled by someone I do not approve of when I am the one paying for it?
You have some strange ideas about how universal health care works.
In Canada one can go to any GP doctor one wants . You don't have to worry about whether or not its "in my network". The network is anyone in Canada...
Your GP can reference you to any specialist they want ...
If you are in an accident or sick, you can go to any hospital and not worry about coverage or treatment. Your covered, for everything.
The Provincial insurance will not deny coverage for any treatment prescribed by your doctor. And they pay doctors immediately for 99% of bills submitted. (Its why doctors don't need large administrative staffs.)
The "state" doesn't interfere. The "insurer" doesn't interfere. And that lack of interference eliminates most of the administrative costs.
As I understand it, that is much freer than what currently exists under most US health insurance plans. Even though you pay enormous premiums, on top of equivalent tax levels, the insurer will only approve some treatments, or pay for certain doctors etc. ...People are often left hanging for medical bills they expected would be covered, but surprise, the insurer is refusing...
So, who has more choice?
How can you rationalize that someone can be making their own health care decisions when they are not paying for it, in the case of abortion?
There are no laws concerning abortion in Canada. The procedure is paid for under Provincial insurance plans.
It doesn't bother me that if women make a decision with their doctors to abort a pregnancy, that the cost is covered. (BTW abortion incidence is much lower in Canada, I think in large part because free access to health care means birth control is affordable and accessible for all young women.)
In the same way that some of my tax dollars may end up being spent on things I don't agree with... I accept that we have made a decision to ensure health care, of any kind (except cosmetic surgery) is free at the point of care. And I don't get to complain or interfere about what other people and their doctors need to do.
Sounds pretty laissez faire? And yet Canada spends on health care 50% per capita what the US does - despite all the controls placed on access by US insurers and agencies.
So what are all those controls by US health insurers accomplishing Bbauska? They limit your freedom to choose ...and what else?