I know that a lot of people in the forums here and on the internet are generally very critical of US healthcare. In my experience however this couldn’t be further from the truth for people who are employed in the US and whose employers have good health insurance. It is with this lens that I want to better understand Canadian healthcare.
My main concerns about healthcare is availability and access. I’ve read multiple articles and watched youtube videos where it appears that there is a long wait time for treatment for regular ailments. Also it appears very hard to find a family doctor and even harder to find a pediatrician who is taking new patients.
So my question basically is how’s your encounter been with the Canadian healthcare system for general ailments (not life threatening ailments or accidents)
Currently in the USA, I can get an appointment with my doctor on the same day and am seen promptly. There are no wait times for any tests blood work or X-ray or other scans. My infant regularly visits his Pediatrician for bimonthly visits and immunizations. The sticker shock on the medical bills is real for sure but insurance covers most of it and we have a small co-pay. It was very easy for us to find a pediatrician, we interviewed 3 of them in the neighborhood before choosing one.