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Canadians crossing the border for U.S. health care?

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by Doomsday101, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    We are constantly being told what a great health care system other countries like Canada, France and Britain have. But guess what? Some Canadians are crossing the border to Michigan to get health care.

    And we’re talking about more than just coming over for an appointment, quick lab test or a second opinion. According to an article in the Detroit Free Press, Canadian health agencies are creating formal partnerships with hospitals in Michigan to provide services not quickly available at home through their national health care system.

    For example, the Ontario Ministry of Health has agreements with some Detroit hospitals for imaging tests, bariatric, heart and other services that have long waiting lists in Ontario. Rather than paying out of pocket for crossing the border, the bill is paid by the plan, sort of like staying with an in network doctor if you have private insurance in the U.S.

    Michael Vujovich of Windsor came to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit where he had an angioplasty done. The bill was $38,000. It was paid in full by the Ministry of Health in Ontario.

    Canada sees this approach as better than shelling out money to build additional facilities in Canada to meet the demand for care. Critics of national health care systems like Canada’s are quick to point out that the system is not working if they have to send their patients to the U.S.

    Here’s my question to you: What does it mean that Canadians are crossing the border for U.S. health care?

  2. Phrozen Phil

    Phrozen Phil Active Member

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    This is not new or unexpected. If a particular resource is lacking or if there's a case for some urgency, then physicans will look into other juridictions for assisstance. Sometimes it's between provinces, and sometimes it's across the border, particularly if it's close.
    A for building facilities, there's often a lag if there are changes in economic circumstances. When things were booming here, it was tough to keep up with increasing demand.
  3. Rackat

    Rackat Active Member

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    There should be no need for Canadians to cross the border, ever. That is if the Canadian system was the best system.
  4. Phrozen Phil

    Phrozen Phil Active Member

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    No system is perfect. I just explained that if a resource is unavailable, then the system will find an alternative.If you live in Windsor , Ontario and there's an opportuity to use a ressource in Detroit, as opposed to Clgary, Alberta, then you could take the closer alternative.
  5. Rackat

    Rackat Active Member

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    I am glad to hear you admit that no system is perfect. It is just one more reason why the United States should avoid modeling our healthcare system after the Socialized healthcare of Europe and Canada. We have problems in the US healthcare industry, but the solution is not to excascerbate the problem by socializing/nationalizing the industry. Why trade one set of problems for another set when the answer is to:

    Find the problem.
    Fix the problem.
    Move on.

    More government is not the answer.

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