Lies I’ve encountered that (some) Canadians believe about U.S. healthcare.
These are actual comments (or references or insinuations) I’ve heard from Canadians.
1) Everyone in the U.S. gets every medical need met right away.
Clearly, they don’t know much about HMOs.
2) Everyone in the U.S. gets every state of the art medical test, medication and therapy when needed.
And that’s true, if you have $10 million in the bank. The rest of is? It’s called ‘the insurance approval process’. Good luck figuring out how that works.
3) Once you have health insurance, all of your health expenses are covered.
Health insurance is just the start of the party–once you’ve paid your health insurance premium every month (anywhere from $100-$2000 (or more) a month, depending on your plan), then you pay for co-pays, deductibles, co-insurance, etc….Canadian taxes have never looked so good…
4) All U.S. health insurance is the same.
Like Jupiter and Mars are the same. (Ask the people with Obamacare for more details if needed.)
5) If you bring your child to an American ER with a high fever, they’ll be seen right away.
The U.S. has a triage system as well, and a child with a high fever and just other general flu symptoms is *not* high on their priority list either.
6) All of the doctors in the U.S. hang on to each patient’s every word, treat you with respect on all levels, and hold your hand through all stages of your illness.
Um…that doctor is on my Santa Claus list too.
7) Obamacare fixed all of the problems with U.S. healthcare.
Does this even need an explanation?