I’ve read quite a lot of these stories of people being sent from Canada, by the Canadian health care system, to US medical facilities, but I’ve never once read an accompanying explanation of who pays the bill. Can anybody help out with this? If we’re giving these people free or discounted care, we shouldn’t be, because we’re artificially propping up Canada’s lousy and evil healthcare system with US taxpayer dollars. And if we’re sending the full sticker price bill to the Canadian government and they’re paying it, shouldn’t the Canadian people be asking some hard questions about why this money isn’t being spent to improve and expand the Canadaian facilities?
If the patient is referred by a Canadian hospital, the provincial health plan here pays the bill. If the patient goes directly to a US hospital without a referral, they pay out of pocket.
You should know by now that things are not always as they seem. The article makes reference to Karen Jepp of Calgary , a Canadian woman who gave birth to four babies in the US because there was no space available at any Canadian neonatal care unit .
Foothills Hospital has 20 neonatal beds. Seventeen where in use. Do the math.
The Calgary Health Region paid for the babies' U.S. health care - from $1,500 to $2,000 a day for the mother, Karen, and from $6,000 to $7,000 a day for each of the four girl's stay in intensive care. Had Karen delivered in Calgary, her care would have cost $800 a day, and it would have been $2,500 a day for the quads.
The cost of each air ambulance trip will be $10,000 to $15,000.
AND Ava Isabella Stinson.
June 28, 2009 Dana Brown THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR BUFFALO -- The parents of a critically ill Hamilton preemie have been reunited with their daughter in a Buffalo hospital. Natalie Paquette, 29, and Richard Stinson, 39, have been separated from Ava Isabella Stinson, since last Thursday several hours after she was born.
Ava was born at St. Josephs Hospital shortly before 12:30 p.m., but with no room in the neonatal intensive care unit at McMaster Childrens Hospital, the baby was sent to Buffalo that evening. She was 14 weeks premature.
Without passports, as per new American border rules that went into effect June 1, Avas parents could not get across the border to be with her, leaving their new daughter alone in the Buffalo hospital.
Paquette said on Sunday morning, the couple received a call from the border police, who told them to come to crossing. There, the pair were able to get over the border and were finally reunited with their daughter.