If it’s as free and wonderful as they claim it is, why are 50,000 people a year leaving the country for medical attention?
by Andy Radia
While the supreme court ruling on ‘Obamacare’ has quelled some of the debate about healthcare insurance in America, it seems the arguments in this country are just beginning.
The right-leaning Fraser Institute is stirring the pot with a new report that claims that 46,169 Canadians left the country to get medical treatment elsewhere in 2011.
“In some cases, these patients needed to leave Canada due to a lack of available resources or a lack of appropriate procedure [or] technology,” Nadeem Esmail, the author notes in his report.
“In others, their departure will have been driven by a desire to return more quickly to their lives, to seek out superior quality care, or perhaps to save their own lives or avoid the risk of disability. Clearly, the number of Canadians who ultimately receive their medical care in other countries is not insignificant.”