"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 More.. 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."
I had always heard this happened-much like some people in border states here travel to Mexico for rx drugs. People will go where it's available or better or cheaper or all three. My sister is a home health care coordinator in Michigan and she knows this to be true.
There are people in the USA that opt out of health insurance and instead go to South America for operations, where you can get a hip/knee/other joint replacement for 1 tenth of the price in the US. This proves nothing other than that the US and Canada has a close relationship which allows them to compete with each other for contracts.
There is no use arguing with Americans who think health care reform is pointless. They argue poor Americans can go to the ER for basic treatments, but they fail to realize that is actually more costly, and not suitable for someone that needs constant long term care. They even fail to realize that someone with insurance may end up paying seven hundred dollars for a basic visit to the ER. Basically the only people arguing about how great the American medical system is compared to other countries in the world are those who can afford expensive treatments, and who have little empathy for the actual medical expenses most Americans are saddled with.
That wasnt humour. Compete is a perfectly valid word. Some Canadian states clearly found it cheaper to outsource some of its work across the border. That is competition. And to think that you lot run on about a free market all the time.
We agree that the free market can do it cheaper. You are learning!
I could probably get a very cheap liver transplant in Afghanistan, that does not mean that I would go there. Free market or not free market, your argument does not make sense.
I was actually referring to the freedom of trade between the two countries. There are not, I believe, any tariffs or quotas in place between the US and Canada? Effectively meaning that US firms are in a position to compete for contracts. That does not mean that the USA can do everything cheaper, as it has already been proven that you do things very ineffectively and very inefficiently.
If we both get diagnosed with heart disease at the same time next year, as a result of eating too many fast food meals, I sincerely hope that your insurance does not reject your claim whilst I am recieving emergency heart surgery in the UK. Because that would most certainly be a bitter pill for you to swallow.
Once again, for the gazillionth time, emergency heart surgery is covered for *everyone*. Talk about obfuscation!
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