Saturday, January 8, 2011

We have health care!

Toronto General Hospital.

Until today we had a tourist health insurance policy. Our family of 5 was fully covered, no deductibles, no co-pays, for 3 months for a total cost of $500.00. That was not $500.00 per month, but a one time payment of $500.00.

In Canada everyone has health care. Health care coverage is provided by each province, or territory. In Ontario our plan is called Ontario Hospitalization Insurance Plan, or OHIP. There are no co-pays, no deductibles, and no pre-existing conditions. These terms do not exist here. Everyone has health care.

You have to be resident in Ontario for 3 months before you qualify for OHIP.

Today our provincial health care started.

If one of my sons falls off his bike and breaks his arm, I won’t be worried about the cost, only about him getting better.

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