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[IP] Re: Misconceptions About Canadian Health Insurance

Darrin wrote:
> Many "common" drugs and equipment in the USA are not yet allowed in 
> Canada.  such as:  The ultraflex set and Meletonin supplements.

Each country (the USA and Canada) have their own regulatory process.  Some 
things are available in Canada that are not sold in the USA.  I think there 
is something about the Ultraflex that doesn't "work" for here???  Because I 
was told by Disetronic that they had no plans to market it in Canada.  If 
something is sold in Canada, that isn't sold in the USA, I worry about 
whether it is really safe-LOL.  But I don't think Americans worry that way.

Darrin also wrote:
> One must understand Canadians pay more per Capita than any other 
> people (thru taxes) for healthcare but as of (I remember) 1998 rated 
> 16th in the western world for healthcare quality.
It is an undisputed fact that the USA spends the highest percentage of GDP 
per capita on health care in the world.  For this large amount, you can get 
the best of care, IF you are able to pay, or otherwise have good insurance.  
However, Canada does a very good job with our much lower percentage spending. 
 I read a major study in the Irish Times newspaper sometime in the last two 
years, that compared health care in about 8 different countries.  Darrin, you 
might be surprised to find that Canada was rated very highly and I think 
perhaps it was the top of their list.   Comparisons are a complicated matter, 
of course, when you can introduce so many different criteria and variables.  

That is not to say that when we need care for ourselves or a loved one, that 
we don't get frustrated.  I've spent a very large chunk of the last 8 years 
waiting for and in the offices of specialists, for that 3 minutes of their 
time.  However, I lived in the UK for two years and I found it really scary 
over there, health care wise.  

During September and October, I had 17 medical appointments for my children.  
A number of these were with specialist MDs.  Of these 17 appointments, the 
only payment I have had to make is for a small portion of the dental surgeon 
cost and for the orthodontist preliminary visit for one of my children.  
Claire's orthodontic work is completely paid for by the government, as it is 
linked to a medical problem.  

GPs in Canada, can and do write prescriptions for anti-depressants.  
Psychiatrists are in short supply in Canada, except perhaps in some large 
cities ( I think Ottawa had many, cause I met quite a few in social 
situations).  Here in BC, there are lots and lots of walk-in clinics, where 
the GP working will write a script for an anti-depressant.  

Some provinces do have government coverage for prescriptions, including pump 
supplies.  This, however, is only a partial reimbursement after quite a large 
deductible amount.  

Darrin, when you need care--BUG THEM.  Phone often, plead that you need a 
cancellation appointment asap.  Sound desperate.  Or go to a hospital 
emergency room--they have to treat you then.

Barbara, Mum of Claire 8 
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