Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Canadian Health Care - Revisited . . . .

It's been quite some time since I reviewed a personal experience with the Canadian health care system.  You know:  The one the "wrong"-wing in the Excited States refers to as "You don't want a system like they have in Canada, do you?!?"

Today I had a 10:00 am appointment with my dermatologist.  Left
the strata at 9:15 to catch the bus to the train.  Got in the exam room at 10:03 and the doctor arrived 7 minutes later.  He did his exam, sprayed a few areas with liquid nitrogen, made a follow up appointment and I was out the door.  On the way back to the train I dropped by Homo Depot to check on a couple of things and got back home by 11:00 am.

Total cost:  $2.10 for the transit fare and 1 3/4 hours of my time.


"You don't want a system like they have in Canada, do you ? ? ? ?"


RossK said...


Sounds like some rogue epidermal cells you had hanging around met a real nitro-fueled 'death panel'.


(by way of comparison, for us Canuckleheads, maybe you could explain how much it would have cost you if you were in the States without health insurance).


West End Bob said...

This is by no means exact and would vary by locale but I would guess the basic exam would be in the $100-125 and maybe $10-15 per "death panel" spritz. So, in my case probably $185 at the high end. 'Course, this guess is based on previous trips in the "homeland" and that was 5 years ago.

You've heard of a rise in health care costs down there, haven't you, RossK?

Betcha it's probably quite a bit higher nowadays . . . .

RossK said...

Thanks Bob--

Ya, I know all about it.

When we lived there we had top of the line insurance with one of the best rated HMO's in the country...And still, there were user fees on everything.