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Re: Sorry - new thread actually-drug prices

Posted by baseball55 on August 29, 2017, at 18:25:04

In reply to Re: Sorry - new thread actually-drug prices, posted by linkadge on August 29, 2017, at 9:37:44

One more story about Canada. This may not seem like much to you, but folks in the US will be surprised.

Ten years ago, I was in Toronto and fell down some stairs. I was in such pain, I couldn't move. My friends called an ambulance which arrived in minutes. I went to Toronto General at 8:00PM on a Saturday and was seen within 15 minutes. (The wait in a major hospital in a large US city for a non-critical case on a Saturday evening would be minimum 2-4 hours.)

They did X-rays, found no fractures, but given the degree of pain, decided to do another set of X-rays. No fracture, just severe bruising on my lower back. they sent me back to the hotel with a bottle of pain-killers. On my way out, they approached me and said: "We're very sorry but you're not a Canadian resident and we do have to charge you." I freaked. In the US, this would be a $3000-$5000 bill plus $1000 for the ambulance. "How much do I owe," I asked.
Answer - 325 CAD.
My husband and I laughed out loud.




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