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Old 04-24-2011, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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Anyone lived in both Ontario and BC and noticed much better health care in Ontario? My experiences with it in BC were unbelievable (in a bad way) compared to what I had in Ontario for most of my life and funny thing was in Ontario I didn't have to pay for it. Just wondering .
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Toronto, ON
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A friend of mine who's living in BC told me about having to pay for her health insurance there and I was frankly kind of shocked. What is the deal with that? That is certainly not the case in either Ontario or Nova Scotia.

Sorry I don't actually have an answer to your query.
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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A friend of mine who's living in BC told me about having to pay for her health insurance there and I was frankly kind of shocked. What is the deal with that? That is certainly not the case in either Ontario or Nova Scotia.

Sorry I don't actually have an answer to your query.
That's the way it is in BC, granted it's only $67/mo for a single (and I don't know how much for a family) and if someone has a low income they don't have to pay (some of it or all of it).

I just found it so inferior in my experience. In Ont. I had two specialists and when I went to a doctor in BC he said I didn't need a specialist and he would not send me to one. Another time a Dr. even said 'your cholesterol is ok, right?' and I said 'probably but I haven't had blood work in 4 years so let's test it' and he said 'it's fifty bucks to run that test'. I don't know about you but after 4 years I figure it should be tested.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:56 PM
 
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I am not familiar with the differences in coverage between the two provinces as we have had health coverage through our employers in both provinces.
But I, too, experienced very poor medical 'service' living in BC compared to Ontario, although both provinces are suffering from over-used systems and doctor/nurse shortages. I honestly can't say that it hasn't just been luck that my experience in Ontario has been better.
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:42 AM
 
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That's the way it is in BC, granted it's only $67/mo for a single (and I don't know how much for a family) and if someone has a low income they don't have to pay (some of it or all of it).

I just found it so inferior in my experience. In Ont. I had two specialists and when I went to a doctor in BC he said I didn't need a specialist and he would not send me to one. Another time a Dr. even said 'your cholesterol is ok, right?' and I said 'probably but I haven't had blood work in 4 years so let's test it' and he said 'it's fifty bucks to run that test'. I don't know about you but after 4 years I figure it should be tested.
What the? You have to pay for it in BC dammm Since When? Im gonna go look this up but how'd that happen
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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What the? You have to pay for it in BC dammm Since When? Im gonna go look this up but how'd that happen
I started in 2004 when I moved there so it's before then.
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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I grew up in Ontario and lived in BC, and I didn't notice that much of a difference between the two. It all depends on where you are. Vancouver and Toronto both have overcrowded, overworked health systems, but mid-sized cities in both places are really quite good. Rural towns in both provinces have the same problems.

It's still government subsized in BC, but the difference is that in Ontario the employer pays the premium to the government whereas in BC the individual pays. Taxes, however, remain the same in both places (although BC just went to 12% HST compared to Ontario's 13%).

It's just over $100 for a couple and free for children, and if you don't meet a certain income level you don't have to pay. So while you're paying out over $1000 a year, the rates are the same for everybody, the coverage is equal to any other province, and in BC average salaries (working class people, not those earning $75,000 +) are higher than Ontario, so there's really no difference.
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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I grew up in Ontario and lived in BC, and I didn't notice that much of a difference between the two. It all depends on where you are. Vancouver and Toronto both have overcrowded, overworked health systems, but mid-sized cities in both places are really quite good. Rural towns in both provinces have the same problems.

It's still government subsized in BC, but the difference is that in Ontario the employer pays the premium to the government whereas in BC the individual pays. Taxes, however, remain the same in both places (although BC just went to 12% HST compared to Ontario's 13%).

It's just over $100 for a couple and free for children, and if you don't meet a certain income level you don't have to pay. So while you're paying out over $1000 a year, the rates are the same for everybody, the coverage is equal to any other province, and in BC average salaries (working class people, not those earning $75,000 +) are higher than Ontario, so there's really no difference.
I'm self employed and in Ont. I didn't have to pay, in BC I do.

I just find the level of care lacking in BC. If after 4 years of no blood work my doctor thinks it's too expensive to give me a cholesterol test, that's just plain ridiculous. I had to practically beg for each test. The ended up taking 2 vials of blood and in Ont. it was always about 7 to do all the tests I needed.

Also I have a friend in her 50's that has had severe colon issues, since in the fall, and she's now lost over 1/3 of her body wieght and she still couldn't get a colonoscopy. It was like she had to die first.
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