Your claim that Canadians are flocking to the US for medical care is a myth Ed. The peer reviewed journal Health Affairs did a study on this which completely debunks this lie. The authors of the study started by surveying 136 ambulatory care facilities near the U.S.-Canada border in Michigan, New York and Washington. It makes sense that Canadians crossing the border for care would favor places close by, right? It turns out, however, that about 80 percent of such facilities saw, on average, fewer than one Canadian per month; about 40 percent had seen none in the preceding year.<quoted text>
A couple of things.
1 - If the Canadian health care system is so great why are our local hospitals host to many of them. The answer, they can get treatments here they have to wait months for in Canada.
2 - Nothing is free. Some one is picking up the tab.
Then, the researchers looked at how many Canadians were discharged over a five-year period from acute-care hospitals in the same three states. They found that more than 80 percent of these hospital visits were for emergency or urgent care (that is, tourists who had to go to the emergency room). Only about 20 percent of the visits were for elective procedures or care.
Next, the authors of the study surveyed Americas 20 best hospitals as identified by U.S. News & World Report on the assumption that if Canadians were going to travel for health care, they would be more likely to go to the best-known and highest-quality facilities. Only one of the 11 hospitals that responded saw more than 60 Canadians in a year. And, again, that included both emergencies and elective care.
Finally, the studys authors examined data from the 18,000 Canadians who participated in the National Population Health Survey. In the previous year, 90 of those 18,000 Canadians had received care in the United States; only 20 of them, however, reported going to the United States expressively for the purpose of obtaining care.
A great many Americans are going to Canada for prescription medications. According to a drug price comparison compiled by the Alliance for Retired Americans, the cost differences between drugs for sale in the United States and Canada -- where drug prices are capped -- are substantial. For example, a common dosage of Celebrex, an arthritis relief medicine, costs $85.99 in the United States and $44.76 in Canada. A particularly striking comparison involves the breast cancer drug Tamoxifen, a common dosage of which sells for $340.77 in America and $39.19 in Canada.