[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4oxbD846u8#t=39′]All health care systems involve tradeoffs of some sort, and a recent video series from Canada’s health system highlights the tradeoffs a more nationalized system has to make. Canada has what’s called a National Health Insurance system, one of four main models that characterize health care globally. This type of model is know for creating long waiting lines for treatment.The new video series is about innovations that are supposedly reducing waiting times, but this obviously implies that there were serious problems in the first place. As one doctor quoted in the video notes, his hospital experienced “access block and ED overcrowding,” with stays lasting 15 or 16 hours on average. Some patients had to wait over a year for treatment, something which is unthinkable in America.You can’t read policy proposals right off of this, of course. Canada’s waiting line problems can’t decide the debate over Obamacare, or the public option. But what it does to point is that there is no health care paradise that we could recreate in America by adopting the “right policies.” They’re will always be downsides to every system; what’s left to countries to decide is which combination of upsides and downsides they prefer.