This Snopes article nicely summarizes a lot of the misconceptions about Canadian Health Care.
Urban Legends Reference Pages: Canadian Health Care
– What they don’t tell you is how much we pay in taxes to keep the health care system afloat. I am personally in the 55% tax bracket. Yes 55% of my earnings go to taxes.
The highest federal income tax rate in Canada is 29% (for persons with annual taxable income over $120,887), and the highest provincial income tax rate in British Columbia is 14.7% (for those with annual taxable incomes over over $95,909). The typical upper-income level Canadian taxpayer is not in a 55% tax bracket.
By way of comparison, a typical upper-income level American taxpayer residing in California pays a roughly equivalant share of his income
(40%-45%)in combined federal and state taxes, even though the U.S. has no national health insurance program.