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Originally Posted by !! Shawn
* According to a September 14, 2007, article from CTV News, Canadian Liberal MP Belinda Stronach went to the United States for breast cancer surgery in June 2007. Stronach's spokesperson Greg MacEachern was quoted in the article saying that the US was the best place to have this type of surgery done. Stronach paid for the surgery out of her own pocket. Prior to this incident, Stronach had stated in an interview that she was against two-tiered health care.
* When Robert Bourassa, the premier of Quebec, needed cancer treatment, he went to the US to get it.
* In 2007, it was reported that Canada sent scores of pregnant women to the US to give birth. In 2007 a woman from Calgary who was pregnant with quadruplets was sent to Great Falls, Montana to give birth. An article on this incident states, "There was no room at any other Canadian neonatal intensive care unit."
* Champion figure skater Audrey Williams needed a hip replacement. Even though she waited two years and suffered in pain, she still did not get the surgery, because the waiting list was so long. So she went to the US and spent her own money to get the surgery.
* A January 19, 2008, article in The Globe And Mail states, "More than 150 critically ill Canadians – many with life-threatening cerebral hemorrhages – have been rushed to the United States since the spring of 2006 because they could not obtain intensive-care beds here. Before patients with bleeding in or outside the brain have been whisked through U.S. operating-room doors, some have languished for as long as eight hours in Canadian emergency wards while health-care workers scrambled to locate care." 
I am not sure if you are satisfied with your health care system because you have never experienced anything else, or if it is because you have never had a serious illness.
All I know is your Doctors only make 160k a year. We have doctors making upwards of a 1m a year with a good family practice doctor making upwards of 500k a year.
Studies show that 1 in 9 doctors trained in Canada will end up practising in the united states.
Getting an MRI does not take months here, it takes days if not hours. Consulting a specialist takes days not months.
The Canadian healthcare system is wonderfully efficient at accommodating the every day needs of its citizens, but when it encounters a true medical problem, they are under equiped, under manned, and over their head.
The US system is set up to compete. Not only can you see a specialist in less than 3 week, you can see the specalist of your chosing in less than a week.
You not only get to see a doctor soon, you have a choice of which doctor to see.
Whe have more, better equipment. And yes, more is always better. It means that you dont have a 22month waiting line to get an mri
Instead you might have a week wait to get mri, if you go to a medical imaging specialist center you can get an mri the same day.
If you looked at thet difference betten our healthcare systems, you wouldn't see much difference other than the private sectors role in our system.
all the people you mentioned are very rich, i doubt that even 90 procent of americans can afford the best health care in their own country