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Old 08-16-2013, 08:31 PM
 
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Found this forum yesterday when someone posted the obligatory negative story about Canadian Health Care to prove America does not need "socialized medicine. I am from Florida and still live here. I have been to Canada (Winnipeg) and found it civilized and interesting. I read a lot and was very impressed by the editorial page in the Winnipeg Newspaper. It seemed much more relevant and coherent than what I am used to in our papers.
My real question is how satisfied are you with health care? I just took the wife to an emergency room in Fla and for 20 minutes of "go home you are fine" I was billed 1300 dollars and have to pay about 700.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:03 PM
 
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Well, we certainly don't get billed 700 dollars for that in Canada. It's covered 100% by the provincial health plan. I have been quite satisfied with the health care we have received in Canada. In fact, our experience with childbirth here in Ontario was far superior to our experience in Maryland. The nurses and midwives were much better trained and way more helpful during labor.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:11 PM
 
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So how much in taxes do you pay for it? I have two kids and a wife and with a 51k salary pay little in income tax. But my health care costs are unreal if we get sick. Do you get free dental?
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:14 AM
 
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I went to an emergency room in New Jersey for what turned out to be vertigo. I had some out of pocket costs but everything was done on site. In Ontario i'd have had to wait for some of the tests

A quote from one of the links below..
As reported by the Health Council of Canada, a 2010 Commonwealth survey found that 42% of Canadians waited 2 hours or more in the emergency room, vs. 29% in the U.S.; 43% waited 4 weeks or more to see a specialist, vs. 10% in the U.S. The same survey states that 37% of Canadians say it is difficult to access care after hours (evenings, weekends or holidays) without going to the emergency department over 34% of Americans. Furthermore, 47% of Canadians, and 50% of Americans who visited emergency departments over the past two years feel that they could have been treated at their normal place of care if they were able to get an appointment.[43]

http://healthcouncilcanada.ca/en/ind...art&Itemid=170
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/uploa...-turn-2012.pdf
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:38 AM
 
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So how much in taxes do you pay for it? I have two kids and a wife and with a 51k salary pay little in income tax. But my health care costs are unreal if we get sick. Do you get free dental?
They used to itemize the cost on your weekly pay stub but they gave that up a long time ago now its all part of the general tax deductions.
A ball park figure would be about $50 per week per person,if you have a household of 4 working adults the combined household deductions can get rather high but you get the same healthcare if nobody in the family is working, also no pre existing condition bs,no caps,copays,cobras or losing your healthcare if you lose your job,if you are a Canadian resident you are covered from cradle to grave.
In conjunction with the Canadian healthcare you can also purchase private insurance or just pay cash .
In the 40 years i've been a Canadian i've never had a problem with the system..
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Old 08-17-2013, 03:29 AM
 
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I went to an emergency room in New Jersey for what turned out to be vertigo. I had some out of pocket costs....
No deductibles. No co-pays. No out of pocket costs. No worrying about cost.

Just show your card, and be treated. That's all.
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:47 AM
 
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No deductibles. No co-pays. No out of pocket costs. No worrying about cost.

Just show your card, and be treated. That's all.
You may have missed the point of my post. I did have to pay some out of pocket but in Ontario i'd have had to wait weeks or months for some of the tests I had during that visit.
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:18 AM
 
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I went to the Montreal General last Xmas for a sudden vision problem, turned out to be 6th Cranial Nerve Palsey, a condition that clears itself up after a few months, while at the hospital (6 hours) i had xrays,CT scan, blood tests and consultation with an ophthalmic surgeon.
last month i developed a problem walking, within a week i had 2 ultrasounds done to determine blood flow in the legs, an MRI, an Echo-cardiogram and of course the ubiquitous blood test.All tests came back showing no problems,back to my private family doctor who told me Jim lose 70lbs and all your problems will disappear.
So some may experience delays in various medical results but it has never been my experience.And i doubt Most Canadians would think waiting weeks or months for some of the tests/procedures would be the norm.
Plus all those tests and procedures didnt amount to a penny out of pocket just show the Canadian healthcare card.
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:22 AM
 
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I appreciate all the replies. Does your system cover dental procedures?
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Old 08-17-2013, 06:39 AM
 
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I appreciate all the replies. Does your system cover dental procedures?
no
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