Thinking about giving up US Citizenship for Canadian Healthcare

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by bunnyfluff, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. bunnyfluff

    bunnyfluff Member

    So, this has honestly crossed my mind. I have become uninsurable due to CFS/FMS, and the US Heathcare system is in shambles. I can move to Canada and have healthcare paid. Isn't that the system??? Not sure what my US Citizenship really means to me, I don't vote.

    If I'm Canadian I can still visit the US anytime I want, own property here, etc. How does the Canadian Healthcare system work? Any Canadians here who can tell me?

    BTW- I was in British Columbia over Christmas, and I have to say, it is beautiful, beautiful country. The people nice, that air clean. I'm not sure there was a big downside.

    Well, I didn't see a big variety of ice cream.....
  2. Pianowoman

    Pianowoman New Member

    Canada is a wonderful country and we do have universal health care but is not a perfect system. There are many debates about which is better. In my opinion, our system is a more just system but, as I say, it has it's flaws.
    However, first you would have to qualify to become a resident of Canada. Check out Citizenship and Immigration Canada for more information. There is a waiting period as well if you do qualify.

    Good luck
    Kathy
  3. coolma

    coolma New Member

    I'm in Canada and I would suggest you research the weather before you move here! Doesn't it rain alot in B.C.?????
    Does the weather affect you? It's kind of chilly up here.

    I am thankful for the healthcare I do have up here but I think there are pros and cons to both systems. And a good support system is vital.

    I agree with the suggestions that you get all the knowledge you can - also through "Health and Welfare Canada" and by the way, each Province has it's own health care system. Check out all of them. Most people don't know this.

    best wishes!
  4. coolma

    coolma New Member

    There is a place in B.C. called the Okanagan Valley where there is a piece of desert, mostly unknown to alot of people. I did a bit of research on it - towns close are Penticton and Osomee(sp?)B.C. It has a temperate climate and may be drier than the coast of B.C. Wine country, fruit, etc. Sounds lovely, eh? (If you come to Canada you have to learn to say "EH"!!!)
    Research it through the Chamber of Commerce. B.C. also has a different health care system than other provinces, I think.
  5. Poppy2

    Poppy2 New Member

    I live in B.C. Canada. We do pay for health care. It's mandatory. We pay monthly or yearly. how much youpay depends on how much you make etc, and then are additional health insurances etc that you can apply and pay for. We have lots of problems here, like long waiting times for surgery's and Doc appointments and imaging procedures. We also have Doctor and nurse shortages. Where I live there are no Doctors who treat FMS And CFS. I don't know if there are places here that do. Just my general GP
    The Okanagan is a beautiful Valley but it is HOt as Hell. Semi Arid. So you have to be able to handle heat if you go there. Too hot for me. Well good luck Poppy
  6. MsE

    MsE New Member

    I have cousins who live on Vancouver Island and they constantly gripe about the healthcare system in Canada because of the extremely long waits to get care and impossibility to get some care.

    On the other hand, I have a brother who has dual citizenship and he is extremely grateful for the Candian healthcare system. His wife was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago, and thanks to the Canadian system, she received wonderful care in Alberta, including surgery and chemo, and is now cancer free. One of these days they will be making Canada their permanent home again as it was years ago before he retired.

    Another problem is that each province runs its healthcare a bit differently, I understand. That is, there is a universal program, but it doesn't operate the same in each province. Canadians, correct me if I'm wrong about that.

    Finally, I've been to the Okanagan Valley area many times and it is definitely hot in the summer. Osoyoos, BC, as I remember it, looks like a Spanish village--all stucco and red tile. Pendicton is lovely.
    But that whole area is like the eastern part of Washington State'--much dryer than the western part. And much hotter in the summer.
  7. springrose22

    springrose22 New Member

    We do have problems with health care for sure, waiting, etc., but, we don't pay nearly as much for the health care as our southern neighbours do. My son lives in California, and I live in southeastern B.C. in the Kootenays. He pays "several hundred dollars" a month for health care for his family. Up here, we pay much less, according to income, but we pay much higher taxes in general for health care and other social programs. In general, you could say that Canadians pay more taxes, but are more socialistic than the U.S. As far as finding more CFS Drs. in either country, I say GOOD LUCK.

    As far as climate goes, the Okanagan Valley gets very HOT in the summer, and I can't handle that kind of heat with CFS. It rains more at the coast probably than Ontario, but away from the coast, here for instance, we have about 4 mos. of winter and 8 months of spring, summer, and fall, which I like best. B.C. is a big province, but people think the weather all over B.C. is like that in Vancouver. We don't get the high humidity here that Ontario gets which would be a disaster for me.

    Don't know anything about emigrating, so you would definitely have to research that. Take care. Marie