Personally I have not had too many problems with the Ontario Health Care system in Canada. (I cannot speak for the other provinces as each has their own unique governance.) Visits to doctors and most specialty tests, operations and procedures are covered without any cost to the patient and we are not charged a yearly fee for these privileges.
When a person is dying, it is the choice of the family and doctors whether further surgery should be performed and the age of the patient also is a factor when surgery is deemed too difficult for the person to survive (inoperative). Families can now request to have life support removed if there is no hope of recovery and extending that person's life is only adding to their suffering. I have not heard of any people being given lethal injections, in fact that would be considered murder here and treated as such.
Where the system is lacking:
1) Waiting times for appointments are ridiculous. Months can go by before the office even calls you with your specialty test appointment date which is still further months into the future. Then if you need treatment there is even a further wait.
There is a great doctor shortage as years ago Canadian doctors up and left for the United States where they could get paid more money for their services and expertise. (Money talks)
2) Some services that were previously covered are no longer covered. ie: skin diseases, whether it be cancer, herpes, morgellions etc. are not covered because anything to do with the skin is considered cosmetic and therefore not considered as life threatening. (go figure on that one!)
2a) Physiotherapy and psychotherapy was once covered years ago, but is no longer covered. So you can get your broken bones reset at no charge, but must pay for the rehabilitation.
If you have a troubled mind, a shrink will prescribe the drugs, but you will have no one to talk to about your problems unless you pay up front for that service.
Poorer neighborhoods have full coverage in these two fields.
2b) Eye examinations are no longer covered unless you have a deterorating eye disease.
3) This one slays me: A doctor can not prescribe pain killers to someone that does not go the recommended route of treatment by the medical profession.
By this I mean: If you have cancer and take chemotherapy you can get pain killers. If you have cancer and refuse chemotherapy, a doctor cannot prescribe any painkillers
4) And another crying shame.
No one seems to think your teeth are related to health problems. There is a charge for everything related to your teeth.
But it is still interesting to note that some countries totally remove teeth from someone diagnosed with something like cancer as there is definitely a parallel there with disease of the body.
I have not studied the proposed U.S. health care, but hearing how worse off the U.S is to Canada, I can only hope that you get some of the services that we get here. It isn't as bad as has been reported, although there is always area for improvement.