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I spoke to someone this week who had their first major experience with Canada's first class health care system. After several days of going to walk in clinics they were finally able to see a doctor after a 3 hour wait for a non Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH) medical concern. That doctor was unable to help them and they had to go to yet another clinic then next day where they were able to have some tests run. They have a follow up scheduled and still no clue as to their condition. In their home country they said that they would have been treated by the first doctor they saw. I do not know much about our system as it pertains to non Canadians, but this individual has Permanent Residency and health benefits through their employer. My only other experience with PR and medical treatment was close to ten years ago where I had to take someone from work to a minor emergency walk in for stitches. I think both Canada and the US have a horrible but much different situation regarding health care. In the US health care can bankrupt you unless you are extremely wealthy. In Canada, if you lose your doctor your screwed.
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