Friday, May 29, 2009

Americans, Not Canadians, Are The Real Medical Refugees

A massive, peer-reviewed study just published in Health Affairs: The Policy Journal of the Health Sphere debunks the myth that Canada’s system is so broken that massive hoards of Canadian medical refugees flee south for treatment. Contrast this study with one just published in the journal Medical Care by the UCLA Center for Policy Research.

It reports that, because of unaffordable or unavailable health care at home, nearly 1 million Californians cross the border each year seeking medical treatment in Mexico. Add to this total who knows how many tens of thousands of uninsured and underinsured people from Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas scoot across the border to see a Mexican doctor and the real number of American medical refugees would populate a decent sized city.
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