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42,000 Fled Canadian Health System Last Year

From the Daily Caller:

Report: Thousands fled Canadian health system in 2012

By Michael Bastasch | July 8, 2013

Thousands of Canadians continue to flee the country to seek medical treatment abroad, with the United States a common destination.

An estimated 42,173 Canadians left their homeland in 2012 to seek medical treatment elsewhere. This is a decrease from the 46,159 Canadians who fled the country in 2011 for medical treatment.

“In some cases, these patients needed to leave Canada due to a lack of available resources or a lack of appropriate procedure/technology,” according to a report by the Fraser Institute — a free-market Canadian think tank. “In others, their departure will have been driven by a desire to return more quickly to their lives, to seek out superior quality care, or perhaps to save their own lives or avoid the risk of disability.”

While the number of Canadians looking abroad for health solutions is still significant, it’s unclear whether or not the drop in the number leaving is related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the U.S…

Oh, the irony of it all. Obama-Care might cut down on the number of Canadians seeking medical treatment in the US.

One reason for these departures is the long waits imposed on patients by national health planners. The median wait time for treatment after consulting a specialist fell last year to 9.3 weeks. Wait times increased in seven Canadian provinces and only fell in three — Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario…

Similarly, the ever increasing wait times (and costs) here could be making the US a less desirable destination.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “42,000 Fled Canadian Health System Last Year”

  1. Well…. There you have it. Not only did we learn the other day that Obama’s delay was going to allow 45,000 citizens of the US to wither and die without health insurance coverage but, when fully implemented, he will be denying Canadians an option to survive their own disastrous socialist healthcare sytem by killing what was the greatest healthcare system in this solar system.

    Instead of Hope and Change, it’s Dopes in Chains.

    I think at this point I’m willing to settle for Biden for the last 3 years. Please…..

  2. bousquem25

    If the doctors are only getting paid to see say 10 patients a day or do surgery on 5 patients, what incentive is there for them to see 30 patients or do 15 surgeries a day. Nevermind that if the bureaucrats in charge don’t start penalizing the hospital or provider for using up resources.

    I’d also like to see what the mean wait time is as that will average all the wait times not simply say this is the middle number. I bet it is higher than 9.3 weeks to get treated.




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