Quote from tgirl84
Why do all Canadians with money come to the states to get high risk surgery? Because it's not as great as it sounds folks! Universal Care has its advantages, but let's not forget the disadvantages, namely paying a butt-load of taxes. I was born in Canada, my father went to medical school there, and the day he graduated, he moved to the US to complete his residency here and never went back. He REFUSES to work there! Do you like going to the DMV? Well, that is what going to the doctor will be like if Uncle Sam is running the show. I'd personally would have a choice of which specialist I go and see, another thing I would give up with Universal Health care. Are you guys stopping to think about the choices you'll be giving up? And to those who think doctors charge too much, think of all the people who go to the hospital every year, who must be seen, but don't pay a dime! Majority of the people I take care of in the ER personally. Most the time it isn't even an "emergency", they know they will be seen, but won't have to pay! Government again at its finest...
Several things bother me about your post.
Mainly your pride in the fact that your father used Canadian tax money to help fund his education and in your words "REFUSES to work" up here. How big do you think his student debt would have been if he had not TAKEN ADVANTAGE of the subsidized university education up here???
YOUR birth and prenatal care was paid for by universal healthcare.
So I guess that "BUTTLOAD OF TAXES" supported your family's ambitions nicely and it paid for you coming into this world.
You can go to the specialist of your choice, all it takes is a referral letter from your GP. Yes, there is a waitlist for non-essential surgeries. You need treatment in an emergency situation and you are in the OR before you get off the phone with your family.
"High risk surgeries"? They happen all the time in my health region. Many I see going south have been refused the same surgery up here at the surgeons discretion and we wind up fixing the mistakes that these people often have paid for.