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    Canadians visit U.S. to get health care

    The Canadian system works so well, that they have contracted with American health providers to handle the overflow.

    Hospitals in border cities, including Detroit, are forging lucrative arrangements with Canadian health agencies to provide care not widely available across the border.

    Agreements between Detroit hospitals and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for heart, imaging tests, bariatric and other services provide access to some services not immediately available in the province, said ministry spokesman David Jensen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    The Canadian system works so well, that they have contracted with American health providers to handle the overflow.
    And again, we aren't Canada nor are we considering a single payer system. Please get some damn facts before posting drivel.
    It's time for a revolution in our country. Not a revolution forged with guns and bombs but a revolution forged of compassion and altruism. A revolution that extends a hand to those who don't have and who cannot. A revolution that makes Health Care available to all those in the US.

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    There is another small fact being glossed over. The reason the Ontario government contracted with U.S. hospitals is because Ontario, and especially the area across the Detroit river, is not densely populated. Like most rural areas (even in the U.S.) you need to drive quite a distance to get some procedures. Toronto is farther away than Detroit. So let's pay Detroit area hospitals to do the procedures. Problem solved.

    Although one can point out troubles with the Canadian system, this is not a good example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by formerroadie View Post
    And again, we aren't Canada nor are we considering a single payer system. Please get some damn facts before posting drivel.
    1) We've heard incessently about how good socialized medicine is in Canada. If you're not one of the folks that have claimed that in the past, then obviously the post wasn't directed at you.

    2) PBO has already told us that single-payer is his ultimate goal.



    Quote Originally Posted by stekim View Post
    There is another small fact being glossed over. The reason the Ontario government contracted with U.S. hospitals is because Ontario, and especially the area across the Detroit river, is not densely populated. Like most rural areas (even in the U.S.) you need to drive quite a distance to get some procedures. Toronto is farther away than Detroit. So let's pay Detroit area hospitals to do the procedures. Problem solved.

    Although one can point out troubles with the Canadian system, this is not a good example.
    Then, why not just build a few hospitals?
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    And a half million Americans at least go to Mexico for healthcare..

    Or how about the 30.000+ that travel to Thailand for healthcare?

    How about India?

    Or how about those American's that dont get any healthcare at all because they cant afford it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    CHIS News - May 26, 2009

    And a half million Americans at least go to Mexico for healthcare..

    Or how about the 30.000+ that travel to Thailand for healthcare?

    How about India?

    Or how about those American's that dont get any healthcare at all because they cant afford it?
    They go down there for prescription medicine that is illegal in the states. That's not exactly headline news.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Then, why not just build a few hospitals?
    Why? It's completely pointless. They are Canadian, not stupid.
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    Re: Canadians visit U.S. to get health care

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    1) We've heard incessently about how good socialized medicine is in Canada. If you're not one of the folks that have claimed that in the past, then obviously the post wasn't directed at you.

    2) PBO has already told us that single-payer is his ultimate goal.


    Then, why not just build a few hospitals?
    No, I believe that the Canadian system is far superior to ours. I want a single payer system. Unfortunately, Congress has their heads up their asses and their hands in the pockets of the insurance companies. The other tragedy is the right wingers like it that way.

    Stekim, thanks for the info on the Detroit hospitals. That makes a lot of sense. Most of my Canadian friends like their health care and wouldn't want to live in the American system if you paid them.
    It's time for a revolution in our country. Not a revolution forged with guns and bombs but a revolution forged of compassion and altruism. A revolution that extends a hand to those who don't have and who cannot. A revolution that makes Health Care available to all those in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formerroadie View Post
    Stekim, thanks for the info on the Detroit hospitals. That makes a lot of sense. Most of my Canadian friends like their health care and wouldn't want to live in the American system if you paid them.
    There is no perfect system. Canada has it's issues, too. But the fact is, they do provide quality healthcare for all their citizens. That is a fact. Granted, we may not like the system. We may not want the system. And that's fine. But it does provide high quality care. And using Detroit hospitals for people closer to Detroit than a large Canadian city is a great idea because it saves money while still ensuring everyone is covered. Helps Detroit, too. Seems like a win-win-win.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    They go down there for prescription medicine that is illegal in the states. That's not exactly headline news.

    They do it for legal and illegal medicine. My mom takes a perfectly legal medicine. She stocked up while in Mexico. It was dirt cheap. No prescription needed. Just go in and buy it. It's a great thing provided you live near Mexico.
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