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afraid of bears

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To change this thread back to what it started out as, I will now share the reason that things cost more in Canada. Things cost more in Canada because they have to be made to survive our cold weather and the long ride they have to take to get anywhere!! JMHO, but if you want to continue to chat about medical care...





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You are probably not seeing the whole picture. If I had "needed" an ultrasound the doc would have sent me to the hospital and I would have had it that day. They triage a lot here and priorities are assigned. There are also private options and one can go to a private imaging and get it done right away. Follow up stuff like this just isn't pressing enough to me. To each his own. I had 5 visits, two scans and three blood tests with this issue. Cost zero.

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afraid of bears wrote:

To change this thread back to what it started out as, I will now share the reason that things cost more in Canada. Things cost more in Canada because they have to be made to survive our cold weather and the long ride they have to take to get anywhere!! JMHO, but if you want to continue to chat about medical care...
I do so agree. All one has to do is watch the Helicopter Canada documentary film. Great film and beautiful country! Plus the Canadians have their politics all figured out - the send the politicians to Ottawa in the winter time to vote. Can you imagine what it would be like if we conducted our national governments business in Stanley, Idaho. Don't think they would hang around there long enough to goof things up.


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

I love my insurance. It is part of the wage package. I see who I want even a specialist first without seeing a MD for a referral.

My wife saw a Orthopedic DR on a Tues, Wed she had a MRI and Thur she had an orthoscopic knee surgury. Not an emergency. This guy is a Sports Doc that treats the famous athletes.

I will say it again, I have talked to a lot of Canadian Snow Birders and not a one of them know of anyone that has had a knee or hip replacement. I know a couple of Canadians that have came to the US to get them done because they were old and put on a waiting list and were in a lot of pain and did not want to wait.

Glad you are happy with your FREE health care I will be happy to keep paying for mine.

Better not lose your job then.

As for Canadians having had knee or hip replacements, we know many who have had the procedures done here in Canada and don't know anyone who has gone to the US for this, although I'm sure there are some.

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Artum Snowbird wrote:

Yesterday I took my wife to our city hospital. She was in the emergency room being checked and diagnosed with high blood pressure for about five hours.

My cost $0. My monthly payment for my medical, about $20.

Some things actually cost less here.


Your cost is more than $0. It's just paid in the form of taxes.

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That is a very true statement. BUT I don't have to budget for it and I'm still covered if i don't have a job or if I get old.

I'm not planning on getting old but if I do...

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Hammerhead wrote:

About 50% of Canadian patients wait less than 107 days for knee replacment surgery according to the Canadian Institute of Health Information.

Here in America, I have to schedule my physical exams 3-4 months out.


It appears your problem is you live in "Moon Base 5". Where I live, I can schedule a physical exam with my chosen physician within 2 weeks. However, if I want to go to a "doc-in-a-box" walk-in clinic, I can get it done the same day I decide to. I didn't have a knee replacement done because my Orthopedist said it wasn't necessary. He did arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus instead. I had to wait a whopping 10 days.

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Travelon wrote:

We in America all ready have a Canadian style Health Care System...it is called Medicare. I for one do not know why Medicare was not expanded to all as opposed to creating a new health law. Medicare covers the basics and you may purchase supplemental insurance for more coverage, a single payer system is the way to go, IMHO.

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Medicare is the very reason why I do not want the government to expand to control all healthcare. Medicare patients are subsidized by insurance companies and individuals with means in exactly the same way as indigent patients are paid for in emergency rooms. That is why insurance costs are already too high. If Medicare were all there was, we would have a profound doctor shortage from substandard compensation and we would wait years for near critical care as many people do in the UK.

Yes, it might be possible to purchase supplemental health insurance if the government permits it, but the cost would be the same as what we already pay for health insurance and we have this government universal healthcare monster to feed with tax revenue as well.

The truth is the US government does very, very few things efficiently or fairly. I have no reason to believe they would run universal healthcare any better.

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This is way off topic.

No matter whether we pay more of our costs as they happen or catch up later (as in costs of looking after former smokers, drinkers.....), Canada has 34 million people compared to USA population of 311.5 million.

Our geographic area is has a total area of 9.9 million square kilometers compared to has a total area of 9,826,675 million square kilometers for the USA.

Stop and think for 5 seconds. A supplier can charge less per item and when he/she makes sells more copies of that item.

Compare number of roads too. So many less people to pay for it.

So, why do things cost more in Canada. Not as many people to share the cost. I hear tell that it cost more in Australia than here too. 22.6 million people there.

So, get off the phoney trail and think two biggest comparisons.




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Yes, your medical coverage is incredible! Without it thousands of our colleagues in the US border states would be out of work...Keep up the good work comrade!

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