One of my doctors is Canadian. She graduated from the prestigious McGill University. She fled Canada for the United States because the healthcare system was so terrible. You can imagine how she feels now that we are mimicking them here in the States.
The Fraser Institute, an independent non-partisan research and educational organization based in Canada, reported that tens of thousands are leaving Canada each year to escape “the unfortunate realities of Canada’s monopolistic health-care system.” Some people feel they have no choice.
Wait times can be months and years prompting people to become “medical tourists.” “The wait time from specialist consultation to treatment in Canada increased from 9.3 weeks in 2012 to 9.6 weeks in 2013,” the Institute noted.
You can expect these wait times in the United States once Obamacare is done with us
An estimate by the Institute shows that about 42,000 Canadians received treatment outside the country in 2013.
The care they are seeking: urology (6,635), general surgery (5,537), and ophthalmology (3,083). Patients were less likely to be receiving cardiovascular surgeries (114), radiation treatment for cancer (127), and chemotherapy for cancer (249).
The reasons they are seeking care elsewhere:
There are a number of possible reasons why Canadians ultimately received the care they required outside of the country. Some may have been sent abroad by the public health care system because of a lack of available resources or the fact that some procedures or equipment are not provided in their home jurisdiction. Others may have left in response to concerns about quality, seeking out more advanced health care facilities, higher tech medicine, or better outcomes. Others may have fled Canadian health care in order to avoid some of the consequences of waiting for care such as worsening of their condition, poorer outcomes following treatment, disability or death. And some may have done so simply to avoid delay and to make a quicker return to their life.
Where will they go now? There’s always Cuba. I’m sure that’s where Michael Moore goes.