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Does anyone have advice on moving to Canada?

StolenMadWolf

resident Lab Wolf
Brit over here, but eventually moving to Canada has been on my mind.

I know there are strict requirements though, any tips for a Brit heading over, especially around British Columbia?
 

Ramjet

Seizing the memes of production
What why?

Besides the fact it's cold for 8 months out of the year?
Less opportunities, and our healthcare system is a meme.

Many think our healthcare is free...
Going to your general practitioner is free (along with any surgeries/specialist that go with it IF referred), but that's where it stops...
Don't have employer/other based insurance?Your drug costs are out of pocket just like the US.
Dentist with no employer/other based insurance?All you baby...

Not to mention what is covered comes with horrible wait times...
Took over two years for my father to get his hip replacement (whole process took nearly 4 years).I had a torn meniscus injury 4 years ago that I had to wait 6 months to get a CT/MRI just to get the process started!
Thankfully it must have been in the red zone as it went away after three weeks.Had it been a white zone tear though, I would have been royally screwed!As the injury didn't happen at work.
 
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Mambi

Fun loving kitty cat
Last time I was there, a lot of my valuable possessions were stolen, But that was 2 years ago, maybe, but I still wouldn't go.

Last time I was i the USA I had an overzealous border guard threaten to shoot me, but I still went back. Sheesh! <lol>
 

Weirdo9018

Artist?
Besides the fact it's cold for 8 months out of the year?
Less opportunities, and our healthcare system is a meme.

Many think our healthcare is free...
Going to your general practitioner is free (along with any surgeries/specialist that go with it IF referred), but that's where it stops...
Don't have employer/other based insurance?Your drug costs are out of pocket just like the US.
Dentist with no employer/other based insurance?All you baby...

Not to mention what is covered comes with horrible wait times...
Took over two years for my father to get his hip replacement (whole process took nearly 4 years).I had a torn meniscus injury 4 years ago that I had to wait 6 months to get a CT/MRI just to get the process started!
Thankfully it must have been in the red zone as it went away after three weeks.Had it been a white zone tear though, I would have been royally screwed!As the injury didn't happen at work.
Damn that sucks better than no healthcare like the U.S though at least
 

Ramjet

Seizing the memes of production
I meant no free healthcare for surgical procedures and having to pay for ambulances and the like.

You pay for ambulances out here too, unless you have insurance that covers it.
The only time the government will flip the bill is if your already at the hospital and they need to transfer you to another facility for whatever reason.

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Ramjet

Seizing the memes of production
It can't be that bad

The ambulance explanation I gave above?
It does actually work that way, at least in Alberta.

As for "that bad" otherwise, well that would be completely subjective to each individual.
For me it is, I'll gladly trade you.
 

Weirdo9018

Artist?
Americas
The ambulance explanation I gave above?
It does actually work that way, at least in Alberta.

As for "that bad" otherwise, well that would be completely subjective to each individual.
For me it is, I'll gladly trade you.
I'm mostly moving because the people here suck lots of dumb angry people *see capitol hog attack for reference*
 

Attaman

"I say we forget this business and run."
I must say that, as a US-er, some of the excuses I’m seeing for why Canada’s healthcare are uniquely bad are telling of people not knowing how much worse it is for the average person south of the border.

“But you need special plans to have ambulances covered!”
“You get ambulances covered in plans at all?”

“Only your primary care doctor and recommended procedures are free!”
“You get free primary care doctors and surgical procedures?”

“It can take months to see a specialist!”
“You mean it’s not normal having a six month wait time to schedule to see a rheumatologist?”

Like, there be better arguments to discourage spontaneous movement. Such as how there’s a fairly long and costly wait time if you aren’t high on the visa list, or how there’s some pretty significant regional differences and not being brushed up on them can have some pretty hefty complications. Trying to discourage USers from going to Canada by going “Our healthcare sucks!” Is like trying to convince a blind man not to move to an area because “The scenery’s a bit drab to look at.”
 
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