Au Canada

July 5, 2012
Posted by Jay Livingston

After the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision, some conservatives announced Twitterers joked that they were so fed up they were moving to Canada (Buzzfeed story here.)

Maybe they were doctors thinking about administrative costs:
A 2010 Health Affairs study found that doctors in Ontario, a Canadian province, spent $22,205 each year dealing with the single-payer agency, compared to the $82,975 American doctors spend dealing with private insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid.
Or maybe they were patients in need of costly tests:
An MRI that costs, on average, $1,200 in the United States comes in at $824 north of the border.
(from a WaPo blog by Sarah Kliff.)


PCM said...

All those people on twitter that Buzzfeed talked about were joking. Seriously. (And it is kind of funny.)

One wasn't even talking about health care. She was talking about weed.

Jay Livingston said...

Thanks, I didn't know that. But the point about costs remains.