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Old 11-07-2012, 07:20 PM   #1
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:24 PM   #2
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From what I've seen on here, precious little, but I'm curious too.
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I know enough to be incredibly envious.
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It is pretty similar to ours isn't it? Free hospital including maternity, subsidised prescriptions? But are your general doctor visits covered or do you have a small charge like we do? We have free doctor for beneficiaries and children under 6 but all others have to pay. Is your maternity midwife based like ours is? Are accidental injuries also free?
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:45 PM   #5
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All doctor/specialist visits are 'free' for everyone no matter the age. Dental is covered under most employer health benefits but otherwise we have to pay out of pocket. Optometry appointments are free for kids. Many prescriptions are covered by employer benefits but if you don't have them you have to pay out of pocket. All prenatal care/deliveries are covered. We get to choose either an OB or a midwife, both are covered. OB's and midwives can also share care and a midwife will refer a patient on if a particular problem falls outside her scope of expertise.

Now I say 'free' which is only true depending on how you look at it. Our taxes are crazy high and our wait times for specialists and certain medical testing can be brutal. Yes, it's true, medical care is available to everyone but ultimately there is a price to pay. We live in a border city and it's very common for Canadians to travel across the border to receive top notch care they can't get at home!
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It is pretty similar to ours isn't it? Free hospital including maternity, subsidised prescriptions? But are your general doctor visits covered or do you have a small charge like we do? We have free doctor for beneficiaries and children under 6 but all others have to pay. Is your maternity midwife based like ours is? Are accidental injuries also free?
Wait, free hospital? In the US? Not for me. $450 copay for a routine birth, 15% of all labs ultrasounds for maternity. And thats a smokin deal compared to others I know. I have a friend who paid a total of $8000 out of pocket not including premiums for insurance.
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Yep the health care system up there can be a great benefit. Here every plan is different. Including copays and such. I have to pay 30$ to see my regular Dr. so if I take all 3 kiddos to the doc it's 90$. I have seen Canadian women come to CA for mammograms when they are under 50 years old.
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Wait, free hospital? In the US? Not for me. $450 copay for a routine birth, 15% of all labs ultrasounds for maternity. And thats a smokin deal compared to others I know. I have a friend who paid a total of $8000 out of pocket not including premiums for insurance.
I think the poster you quoted is in New Zealand.
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Wait, free hospital? In the US? Not for me. $450 copay for a routine birth, 15% of all labs ultrasounds for maternity. And thats a smokin deal compared to others I know. I have a friend who paid a total of $8000 out of pocket not including premiums for insurance.
No she is in NZ I believe
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Wait, free hospital? In the US? Not for me. $450 copay for a routine birth, 15% of all labs ultrasounds for maternity. And thats a smokin deal compared to others I know. I have a friend who paid a total of $8000 out of pocket not including premiums for insurance.
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No she is in NZ I believe
yep she's in New Zealand

and I too am jealous of the health care system there
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