Canadians Flooding Over the Border for Health Care! (Not)

January 11th, 2011

Health is priceless. Given that, and given the widespread meme that Canadians wait months for crucial, life-saving tests and procedures, you’d expect them to flood into the U.S. in large numbers to buy health care services.

Do they? Apparently not. Like really, really not. In fact, an astonishingly small number do.

You guessed it: somebody went out and counted. Facts on the ground and all that.

Relative to the large volume of these procedures provided to Canadians within adjacent provinces, the numbers are almost indetectable.

Here’s just one data slice, for a two-year period:

Canadians Receiving the Service, 1997-98, in:
British Columbia Quebec Buffalo, Detroit, and Seattle %
CT Scan/MRI 80,000 375,000 640 .14%
Eye Procedures 25,000 44,000 270 .39%

Of the relative handful of Canadians that do receive health care here, a huge preponderance is emergency care for Canadians who happen to be here for other reasons.

When the market delivers this kind of valuable information, it’s usually worth listening to.

Read it and reap the benefits:

Phantoms In The Snow: Canadians’ Use Of Health Care Services In The United States — Health Aff.

A nice short summary, but longer than mine, here.

  1. Robert Johnson
    January 11th, 2011 at 14:58 | #1

    It IS very interesting. Not sure whether it’s a slam dunk, once you consider price.

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