Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Myths, truths of Canada's universal coverage

Health | Myths, truths of Canada's universal coverage | Seattle Times Newspaper
Taxes are higher and wait lists are common, but private insurance endures, the nation spends far less per person, treatment is free and no one is forced into bankruptcy.

WINDSOR, Ontario — Canadian Emily Whitehead and an American friend had babies years ago, then compared notes.

The friend, who lives in Michigan, was in the hospital two or three days. Her bill: more than $3,000.

Whitehead, a diabetic, and her premature infant were hospitalized two months. The bill: $16.95, for TV and a long-distance call.

Today, Whitehead is battling cancer, but the Ontario government is paying for all her hospital stays and doctor visits.....

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