Yesterday, I got two wisdom teeth removed by a Canadian oral surgeon, so I thought this might be a good time to discuss one common misconception: Canadian’s have Free Healthcare.
Admittedly, I am definitely no expert on this topic, but at a glance, here’s what I know:
Every Canadian resident is covered by a provincial health insurance plan specific to where they live, meaning plans vary from province-to-province; however, healthcare is technically not free in Canada. While Canadians don’t receive bills from the hospital or doctors offices, they pay A LOT more in taxes than US citizens. Someone told me that a Canadian family can expect to pay almost half of its income in taxes. From what I understand, an additional fixed premium for health benefits are deducted from paychecks (paycheques) of the residents in B.C.
Higher taxes in Canada than in the US, but no hospital bills! Canadian’s also argue that the wait times to see a doctor are much longer than the wait times in the States. Apparently, you might wait six months to see someone more specialized, like a psychologist or dermatologist. This really sums up what I know about healthcare in Canada- British Columbia, specifically.
On a completely different note, as I was coming out of my laughing gas state, I pretended I was Ms. Pacman at the surgeon’s office yesterday, which is pretty awesome.
For my next post, I’m going to talk about the food here!!!! IT’S SO GOOD!!!!
PEACE & LOVE