As a treat, my father bought Peter and I into a poker tournament, and as I normally do in the U.S., I got chatting with other players at the table about the differences between Canadian and U.S. healthcare.
I shared with them my experience with the doctor at the Walmart medical clinic, how I waited less than 15 minutes to see him, and my further surprise it would have been completely free if I had been a Canadian resident.
“I was totally shocked–I wish all those people in the States who believed Canadians had to wait forever for their healthcare could have seen that.”
Everyone just chuckled at my honest surprise regarding how well the doctor visit went.
“I can’t believe how much U.S. citizens are lied to about Canadian healthcare. It’s shocking.”
An older gentleman at the table, very nice and kind, said matter of factly,
“We’d rather just have all Americans believe our healthcare system is so bad. Otherwise, everyone would want to immigrate here.”
And that, was definitely a bingo moment. I suddenly realized most Canadians don’t care that Americans are told horrible things about their healthcare system. They know it’s infinitely better. Why should they let it bother them that Americans are lied to?
I just sat back for a moment, thinking of all of my friends in the U.S. who are struggling to pay for their healthcare, or avoiding seeing a doctor because they can’t afford it,
and yet I understood where they were coming from too. Not only do Canadians not care that there are people in the U.S. who lie about the Canadian system, if anything, they prefer it.
Dr. Aubry (my father’s doctor) seemed surprised when I told him how much doctors in the U.S. are harassed by insurance companies regarding their patients. He almost didn’t believe me.
Unfortunately, moving to another country is almost impossible when you’re chronically ill with a complicated medical case like mine. Finding a doctor who would be willing to dive in is difficult anywhere, but being sick all the time means we need a lot of friends to help is out. The only friends who do that are people who genuinely love you, and usually for a long time.
But for all the healthy people, who can pick up and move and work? Apply for immigration status now. Before it’s too late.