Words you'll never hear in Canada

From Democratic Underground

1. "Out of network"

There are no "networks" in Canada. Doctors and hospitals are not affiliated with private insurance companies. Doctors are private business entities and hospitals are usually run by non-profit boards or regional health associations.

2. "COBRA"

Health coverage is NOT tied to your place of employment in any way. So any COBRA-like scheme is unnecessary.

3. "Co-Pay"

The government pays 100% of basic care, 100% of the time. Drugs are not covered, but are subsidized by government to a point. And because of mass buys, discounts are obtained from the drug companies. That's why our prices are so much lower. Most employers offer a drug plan that pays for 100% of drug cost coverage.

4. "monthly premium\deductible"

Wazzat? We don't consider our health to be the same as our possessions.

5. "waiting for approval"

Doctors are the sole decision makers for health care. NOBODY influences or delays their decisions, warns them of costs or prevents them from giving treatment for any reason.

6. "Government interference"

The provincial government in each province PAYS for whatever services doctors provide. No questions asked. Unless the procedure is experimental, not medically necessary or unwarranted, doctors cannot deny basic care - by law.

7. "Health insurance lobby"

There are NO insurance companies for basic care, only companies for providing insurance for travelers. No money to be made here.

8. "bureaucracy"

When we visit a hospital or doctor's office, we walk in, get treated, walk out. No "applications", "registrations" or any other kind of paperwork is required. We NEVER have to talk to a single "government official" or wait for a "judgment".


This is such a foreign concept to us. A Canadian's usual reaction to the explanation of this term is astonishment.


I spent half an hour on the phone,

mostly on hold yesterday with Labcorp trying to get their for-shit billing department to sort out the mess they've handed me. I've been double billed for a test that I've already payed for and they are sending me late notices. I don't want my credit score screwed up over something stupid that is not my fault.

Anyway, it gave me time to ponder how much I would "enjoy" "shopping" for all my health care needs like the Republicans want me to do.

I still didn't have any idea if this particular mess was cleared up or not when I got off the phone.

Public Health Option in Health Care Reform

I attended a Health Care Town Hall last night in Henderson. I was surprised to see a woman that has personally experienced the Canadian Health Care System stand up for Volunteers in Medicine (I think that is the right org.) and speak very nicely about the Canadian System. She explained that yes, they have to wait a few months or more for non-critical elective surgery and procedures but if it is critical then patients get in right away. Then a man stood up, definately a proud Conservative, to disagree with everything she said about the Canadian System. I am so sick and tired of hearing the Republican B.S. about other countries Health Care Systems and how our Health Care Reform is going to screw up this country. A nice young man shared his experience with the U.K. System and how he is probably going to move back to the U.K. just because they have a better Health Care System. I believe people who have lived in other countries and experienced their systems before I would ever believe anything that the Republicans are spewing out just to derail Health Care Reform. I wish everyone else would do the same thing. I support Single Payer or a National Public Health Plan because we are losing 49.3 lives per day/18 thousand lives per year, insurance is unaffordable for far too many people, insurance companies have gotten away with too many years of cheating their customers, too many people are sacrificing too much, and in the long run it will help our society in many ways.