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(CTV News)   Canadians head to U.S. for cheap healthcare   (ctvnews.ca) divider line 44
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2014-02-14 12:14:48 AM  
And not even an attempt to provide an explanation for the cost difference.
 
2014-02-14 12:59:58 AM  
That cant be, Republicans were jsut telling me how its SO expensive that people are losing jobs in droves over Obamacare.

/dnrtfa
 
2014-02-14 01:02:24 AM  
I call bullshiat.
 
2014-02-14 01:03:13 AM  
Yeah -- for their pets. Healthcare for humans -- not so much.
 
2014-02-14 01:05:30 AM  
Hosehead growls at these shenanigans:

www.alicia-logic.com
 
2014-02-14 01:10:12 AM  
How farked up is this?
 
2014-02-14 01:11:01 AM  
Vets are damn expensive here.
 
2014-02-14 01:12:19 AM  
Thanks Rover-Bongo.
 
2014-02-14 01:13:59 AM  
Obameowcare?
 
2014-02-14 01:17:24 AM  
Getting your dog's teeth cleaned involves bloodwork?

Apparently, I've neglected every dog I've ever had.
 
2014-02-14 01:17:47 AM  
everyone will be in turkmenistan eventually for healthcare.
 
2014-02-14 01:24:58 AM  
He has a bad cough.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-14 01:27:41 AM  

GWSuperfan: Getting your dog's teeth cleaned involves bloodwork?

Apparently, I've neglected every dog I've ever had.


Well, rabies shots are complex...


static.fjcdn.com
 
2014-02-14 01:37:38 AM  
I heard they have a lot more vets down there
 
2014-02-14 01:50:35 AM  

Kenny B: Obameowcare?


Worse than Meowschwitz.
 
2014-02-14 01:51:39 AM  
It's somewhat true in both cases. Albeit only one requires $ to be spent by a Canadian.

You see, there is just 31ish million of us across more land than we know what to do with, we can't disperse our population evenly enough, so instead we utilize the proximity of US pay-for system and when our wait times, availability or otherwise access is affected, we, 'the socialists', just pay up from our common, general healthcare government purse.

How do I know this? Let's just say there is a direct c.s.b. involved. That said, our vets are very expensive. It does pay to have your dogs border-crossing papers done, but only if you have a team of dogs. Lest you spend your hard clawed back money on gas and travel.
 
2014-02-14 01:59:58 AM  

Craps the Gorilla: That cant be, Republicans were jsut telling me how its SO expensive that people are losing jobs in droves over Obamacare.

/dnrtfa


You're gonna wish you had.
 
2014-02-14 02:07:17 AM  

AGremlin: Hosehead growls at these shenanigans:


Take off!
 
2014-02-14 02:24:17 AM  
Ehh, medical tourism is already a thing. I think Costa Rica has been recommended, but I think it's truly a matter of getting what you pay for. Unlike our system where you pretty much go to someone in your plan and hope they aren't incompetent while only having a vague notion of what the bill will be.
 
2014-02-14 02:35:07 AM  
Our German Doberman wants a nose job.
 
2014-02-14 03:08:55 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-14 03:16:21 AM  
Dr. Darin Meulebroeck of the Grand Valley Animal Hospital says he sees up to 15 clients from Manitoba every month

=

Canadians rushing the border to get cheap healthcare derrrrrp

Yeah subby, you've made a great case there!
 
2014-02-14 03:24:32 AM  
What sort of peggers?

Winnipeggers.
 
2014-02-14 03:26:16 AM  
I think it's worth it to spend one, possibly two days driving 150 miles each way over a border to save literally a hundred dollars. Perhaps it would cost more in fuel. Perhaps it would cost more in lost wages. Perhaps it would cost more for an overnight stay in a shiatty hotel. But it's the principle dammit.
 
2014-02-14 03:31:36 AM  

doosh: Dr. Darin Meulebroeck of the Grand Valley Animal Hospital says he sees up to 15 clients from Manitoba every month

=

Canadians rushing the border to get cheap healthcare derrrrrp

Yeah subby, you've made a great case there!


I'm pretty sure the headline was tongue-in-cheek :p
 
2014-02-14 05:34:20 AM  
Here's the funny part... In Canada, heartworm medicine for your dog... no need for a script. In America, you have to. So to buy $30US supply of heartworm medicine... you have to send your dog to a vet, get him examined yearly, and get a script for the pills (and hope he gives you a script for a good set of pills, like what I buy my dog). Even 1800PetMeds requires you to mail a script from the vet (no fax, no email, snail mail). So in order to get heartworm medicine, you -have- to spend an additional $75 or more a year for your dog.

/imports the meds from Canada, fyi
 
2014-02-14 05:45:56 AM  

People_are_Idiots: Here's the funny part... In Canada, heartworm medicine for your dog... no need for a script. In America, you have to. So to buy $30US supply of heartworm medicine... you have to send your dog to a vet, get him examined yearly, and get a script for the pills (and hope he gives you a script for a good set of pills, like what I buy my dog). Even 1800PetMeds requires you to mail a script from the vet (no fax, no email, snail mail). So in order to get heartworm medicine, you -have- to spend an additional $75 or more a year for your dog.

/imports the meds from Canada, fyi


Um our vet won't give our dogs the heartworm medicine unless they get bloodwork and the fact that if they have heartworm it can kill them is more than justifiable.
 
2014-02-14 07:02:24 AM  

GWSuperfan: Getting your dog's teeth cleaned involves bloodwork?

Apparently, I've neglected every dog I've ever had.


Yes. To make sure they don't have any liver or other problems because they need to anesthetize them.
And $200 for a teeth cleaning is pretty farking cheap.
 
2014-02-14 07:04:14 AM  
This random news item proves everything I have always believed about everything.
 
2014-02-14 07:48:11 AM  
Finally, it's Affordable for someone.
 
2014-02-14 07:58:30 AM  

kermit_the_frog: Yeah -- for their pets. Healthcare for humans -- not so much.


Old news. I grew up right across the river from Canada, they have been doing it for years.  They also come over for CPAP machines and other things they would have to wait months for in Canada. But its all just anecdotal right?
 
2014-02-14 08:07:30 AM  

Phil Moskowitz: Vets are damn expensive here.


Yeah they've done articles about how they routinely rip pet owners off.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/many-veterinary-bills-include-inappropriate-c os ts-1.1876019
Should be a video of the routine out there as well.
 
2014-02-14 08:11:22 AM  

fusillade762: And not even an attempt to provide an explanation for the cost difference.


This.
 
2014-02-14 08:13:42 AM  

rikkards: People_are_Idiots: Here's the funny part... In Canada, heartworm medicine for your dog... no need for a script. In America, you have to. So to buy $30US supply of heartworm medicine... you have to send your dog to a vet, get him examined yearly, and get a script for the pills (and hope he gives you a script for a good set of pills, like what I buy my dog). Even 1800PetMeds requires you to mail a script from the vet (no fax, no email, snail mail). So in order to get heartworm medicine, you -have- to spend an additional $75 or more a year for your dog.

/imports the meds from Canada, fyi

Um our vet won't give our dogs the heartworm medicine unless they get bloodwork and the fact that if they have heartworm it can kill them is more than justifiable.


And we get bloodwork, but PetSmart/Petco stopped carrying the meaty heartworm meds our dog likes, and instead gave us those pills he throws up (even with cheese and peanut butter). 1800PetMeds has them, but you have to have a script sent to them (which can take a week plus). Basically, we were out of the meat pills, and had no choice but to import the meds from Canada, because the bloodwork/shots/et al is not done by a recognized vet in their network, and to go to one of those vets costs at least $75 (just for the visit, since they have to "get to know the dog."). Preventative meds like this should not have a script, like in almost every other country.
 
2014-02-14 08:51:50 AM  

doctor wu: Our German Doberman wants a nose job.


That's a gateway surgery in these breeds. You need to watch out. What will he want next?
 
2014-02-14 09:28:17 AM  

whatdoyouexpect: doctor wu: Our German Doberman wants a nose job.

That's a gateway surgery in these breeds. You need to watch out. What will he want next?


Steak, obviously.
 
2014-02-14 09:40:27 AM  

Onkel Buck: They also come over for CPAP machines and other things they would have to wait months for in Canada. But its all just anecdotal right?


WTF?? CPAPs are off the shelf items that 3rd party companies sell. They are in stock items. And they are not even covered by our "socialized medicine" so they are not even related to the argument.

Where do you guys get this crap??

The real measure of whether socialized medicine in Canada is successful is asking Canadians who live here if they want to give it up for the American system. While a few might say yes, I personally do not know one person who would even consider it.
 
2014-02-14 10:55:01 AM  

Farking Canuck: Onkel Buck: They also come over for CPAP machines and other things they would have to wait months for in Canada. But its all just anecdotal right?

WTF?? CPAPs are off the shelf items that 3rd party companies sell. They are in stock items. And they are not even covered by our "socialized medicine" so they are not even related to the argument.

Where do you guys get this crap??

The real measure of whether socialized medicine in Canada is successful is asking Canadians who live here if they want to give it up for the American system. While a few might say yes, I personally do not know one person who would even consider it.



Never underestimate the power of learned helplessness
 
2014-02-14 11:10:20 AM  
Ahh America...we care more for stray dogs than we do for stray humans.
 
2014-02-14 11:34:49 AM  
Billygoat Gruff:Farking Canuck: I personally do not know one person who would even consider it.

Never underestimate the power of learned helplessness


I have always had excellent health care and I have never seen a bill. Yes I know that it is paid through my taxes.

I have zero fear of being bankrupted by medical issues. I have zero fear of being dropped by my insurance company. I have zero fear of the mythical death panels.

When I am sick or injured I get first class medical attention and I do not hesitate to go out of fear of costs.

There is no learned helplessness. I look at what Americans have to do to get covered and the significant numbers who go uninsured  - that is what is scary.
 
2014-02-14 11:45:53 AM  
...then keep heading south to Mexico
 
2014-02-14 12:23:20 PM  
We have flexible spending accounts for medical costs and childcare.  Why can't the IRS designate one for veterinary care?  I would definitely contribute to make sure my doggy has money available for care.
 
2014-02-14 12:32:59 PM  
pet gets sick, you kill it


that's the Canadian way
 
2014-02-14 12:34:45 PM  
Many Americans also turn to American vets to reduce the cost of their health care. But that's not funny. It's just sad.

What's funny is that they get their dental care from the back of a Mexican's van in the WalMart parking lot and they STILL make fun of the British.
 
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