Monday, October 01, 2007

Twenty Quebecois

From Kate Steadman's Health Policy blog:

"A 2002 Health Affairs paper examined hospitals near the border, as well as national surveys to tease out how many Canadians actually visit the U.S. to receive elective procedures.

In terms of hospitals along the border offering advanced treatments or special diagnostic technology (i.e. CT scans and MRIs), about 640 Canadians were seen, along with 270 for procedures like cataract surgery. They compare this to about 375,000 and 44,000 similar procedures in the region of Quebec alone during the same period. If you divide the total number of Canadians seeking those treatments in the US, divided by the number in Quebec alone that's about 0.09%. Not even a tenth of a percent.

But the most striking stats come from the Canadian National Population Health Survey (NPHS). From the article:

Only 90 of 18,000 respondents to the 1996 Canadian NPHS indicated that they had received care in the United States during the previous twelve months, and only twenty had indicated that they had gone to the United States expressly for the purpose of getting that care.

Only 20 of 18,000 sought care in the United States. I can't believe how many people are coming over here! Their system but be truly awful."

Indeed. All those Canadians flocking to the United States to take advantage of our near-perfect for-profit healthcare system.

Why, it's An Invasion. Be fearful. They could be carrying bacon and maple syrup, or even Glenn Gould recordings. Those may look like curling stones, but they could be pods!

Run. Run for your lives.


sean said...

Thank you for posting this! It was great!

kyklops said...

I hate to break this to you but, they *are* pods!!

Eli Blake said...

Thanks for posting this!

I think I will post citing your post.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately Canada has a problem with providing healthcare for preemie births - they send quite a few moms here. That makes me nervous. If Canada can't provide care for birthing, their system is definitely not all it's touted to be, and I'm not sure I'd want a system like that. Major flaw, imo.