buckshot164
I had a guy say to me that health care in Canada is terrible.  Long waits and bad care.  I am like how would you know c=since you live here.  I have never heard any Canadians complain.  A long time ago I had a huge dish and I got Canadian channels and got a lot of news from there.  So tell us how you feel about your health care.  l have insurance through my wifes work.  We pay $440 a month for it.  We have a $2000 a year deductible.  My prescription copay is levels so from $15 to hundreds for a single prescription.  I can see any doctor but cheaper in network.  I am a diabetic and my insulin now will be $150 a month.  All my extra money goes for health care.  What is your experiences up there.
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tanglefoot
People love to complain. I don't think it is that bad. It doesn't cost me anything to see a doctor. I have had no real problems with our health care here yet (knock on wood) I will be curious to see some of the others answers.
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buckshot164
It will cost me now $30 each visit and $60 for specialist.  Tough when you have had a heart attack.
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tanglefoot
We don't have to pay to see a doc. Although some people have a hard time getting a family doctor because a lot of them head south to work where they make more money
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IroquoisArcher
Just wondering as thought I heard that may be free but have a "waiting time" to get to see a doc? Or have a procedure done (like an elective operation can be months until it can be done)?
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tanglefoot
I can usually get in same day or next to see a doc .I think some types of procedures have a longer waiting time.
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buckshot164
To see to see my sleep doctor I have to wait three months minimum.  I can see my family doctor quicker because of my poor health.  My wife usually has to wait atleast three days to a week.  I just went without my medications for 2 weeks because my wifes work changed insurance and I had no card to show I had insurance.
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ghosthunters
IroquoisArcher wrote:
Just wondering as thought I heard that may be free but have a "waiting time" to get to see a doc? Or have a procedure done (like an elective operation can be months until it can be done)?


Yes this is correct ... I hear this all the time here in Saskatchewan. Yes we have free healthcare but it's at a price so to speak. Major surgery can have long wait times.
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buckshot164
Do you pay a health care tax or is it part of all taxes.
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ghosthunters
buckshot164 wrote:
Do you pay a health care tax or is it part of all taxes.


It is hidden somewhere in taxes .... perhaps personal income tax?
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ghoot
Yeah, I was curious how much you guys pay in taxes to cover it? Just wondering how the extra taxes compares to the extra that we pay for healthcare?
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woody meristem
Problem here in the U.S. is the disparity in cost from one person to another. My employer paid all the insurance premiums and the insurance covered virtually all medical costs; before the Affordable Care Act our daughter was paying over $700 a month for insurance for her daughters and herself because she didn't have employer-paid insurance, for now she pays only a bit over $100 for better coverage.

Several years ago a physician friend told me that if there was a single payer in the U.S. the savings in administrative costs for dealing with one payer instead many would be enough to cover all the uninsured.

Don't forget that since the 1980s hospitals have had to treat ER patients that come in without insurance or the ability to pay, and the hospitals have to absorb the costs -- which they pass on to all the rest of us.

Whether it's through insurance premiums, taxes or ... medical care has a cost that's got to be paid. And remember, Medicare is the most efficient payment system in the U.S. since the administrative costs are low (no high executive salaries, no dividends to shareholders, no advertising).
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