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Where will the Canadians flee for healthcare once Obamacare has destroyed our healthcare system?

January 19, 2014

johnny_automatic_runningThe Ludiwig von Mises Institute of Canada has an interesting post mentioning that tens of thousands of Canadians go outside of their country for healthcare.  As we continue to implement Obamacare it is important to keep in mind what has happened in Canada and ask ourselves if we want  doctor shortages and waiting lines in the United States.

This from the blog post:

To deal with these shortages and long lines, nearly 42,000 Canadians opted to pay for their own operations by fleeing the country to seek services elsewhere. Waiting times for patients who had consulted with specialists increased to 9.6 weeks in 2013, up from 9.3 weeks the previous year. As the Fraser Institute recently reported , sick Canadians have fled the country to avoid “the consequences of waiting for care such as worsening of their condition, poorer outcomes following treatment, disability or death. And some may have done so simply to avoid delay and to make a quicker return to their life.”

As the United States continues to implement Obamacare it is important to decide if we want to continue down the path of centrally controlled healthcare. Actually this post from the Ludiwig von Mises Institute of Canada brings up another unintended consequence of Obamacare: where will Canadians go for quality and timely healthcare once Obamacare has destroyed the United States healthcare system? Hopefully we can get rid of ACA before we need to find out the answer to that question.

To end this post I will include a portion of the Fraser Institute report mentioned above:

That a considerable number of Canadians traveled and paid to escape the well-known failings of the Canadian health-care system speaks volumes about how well the system is working for them. It leaves open the question of just how many more Canadians might choose medical tourism outside Canada if given the opportunity.

Is that a statement we want said about the US healthcare system in a few years?

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  1. Merlyn Schutterle
    January 20, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Places like Thailand and India will provide medical services for much less than the US. Soon we will outsource our medical services as well. We are going to find we cannot compete with the rest of the world at the standard of living we are used to now.We are spoiled and still think the world should support our addictions.

    • January 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      “We are spoiled and still think the world should support our addictions.” I think this statement could be used in a lot of issues in the US….

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