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Old Apr 27th 2008, 2:33 am
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what kind of health coverage do you suggest..? and what costs are involved, for a one week visit to NY.

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Old Apr 27th 2008, 6:25 am
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what kind of health coverage do you suggest..? and what costs are involved, for a one week visit to NY.

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Unless you are planning on doing something especially risky while in New York (such as taking a taxi or crossing the street in Manhattan) I would have thought that making sure you had a return ticket to Canada should be sufficient.

Seriously though, I personally would not bother with insurance for a trip such as the one you describe.
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Seriously though, I personally would not bother with insurance for a trip such as the one you describe.
Are you aware of the high costs of medical treatment in the United States?
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Are you aware of the high costs of medical treatment in the United States?
yes *jaj*....and i am aware too!!! like you....

....and esp after seeing the movie *sicko*.~..and also..~..i have friends in the USA..so i am realy aware of the situations one can get into there...

i just remembered this morning my health insurance through my job kicked in this month..so i will check out what they offer too...personaly i wont' even cross the border without insurance......anything can happen..ooh look a speedy car....a trip on the sidewalk...sudden pains in the body..anything!! LOL
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Are you aware of the high costs of medical treatment in the United States?
Yes - I have lived here for over 20 years and my immediate family has run up hospital bills that total well over $100,000 - but I still didn't take out any insurance for the various short (5 to 10 day) trips that I made to the US before becoming a US resident.
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Yes - I have lived here for over 20 years and my immediate family has run up hospital bills that total well over $100,000 - but I still didn't take out any insurance for the various short (5 to 10 day) trips that I made to the US before becoming a US resident.
Although you got away with it, don't you think you were taking a serious risk?
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Yes - I have lived here for over 20 years and my immediate family has run up hospital bills that total well over $100,000 - but I still didn't take out any insurance for the various short (5 to 10 day) trips that I made to the US before becoming a US resident.
I read an article about this very subject a few months ago. With more and more Canadians crossing the border into the US because of the US$ vs CD$ it is becoming quite a problem. Canadians are starting to realise if they are taken ill or have an accident ie break a leg or arm while they are in the US it can cost them dearly...many are taking out appropriate insurance.
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[QUOTE=md95065;6270752]Unless you are planning on doing something especially risky while in New York (such as taking a taxi or crossing the street in Manhattan) I would have thought that making sure you had a return ticket to Canada should be sufficient.

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OR .... eating the local food
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Although you got away with it, don't you think you were taking a serious risk?
No - a "risk", certainly, but not a "serious" risk.

Worst case, if I had needed emergency medical treatment I would have received it, would possibly have been unable to pay for it, and since at the time I was not a US resident would have been pretty much out of reach of the collection agencies once I returned home.

For less serious matters that might still have required a visit to the emergency room I might have been out a few thousand dollars (which was a risk I was willing to take)

For anything minor I would just have either lived with it for a week or headed back to the UK early.
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well......i learnt a lesson a couple of years ago....

i was planning my return trip to canada..when i went for just a check up at my local GP in australia before i left....just to get some simple blood work done..no big deal...for B12........butttttttttttttttttt

what a surprise to discover i had a lump near my stomach and as i have a history of cancer....the warning signals sounded off!!!

long story short...scans...more tests etc...revealed i had an ovarian cyst the size of a baseball and that i was unable to fly as the pressure could burst it!! OUCH...so i was grounded and not able to leave oz till i had that operation.....

so yeah...anything can happen!
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No - a "risk", certainly, but not a "serious" risk.

Worst case, if I had needed emergency medical treatment I would have received it, would possibly have been unable to pay for it, and since at the time I was not a US resident would have been pretty much out of reach of the collection agencies once I returned home.

For less serious matters that might still have required a visit to the emergency room I might have been out a few thousand dollars (which was a risk I was willing to take)

For anything minor I would just have either lived with it for a week or headed back to the UK early.
you may have got away without paying for it..BUT someone else would have....being the american tax payers i spose.....and god knows they have enough of their own problems paying for their health benefits etc..that i dont' want THEM to foot the bill for mine..
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I read an article about this very subject a few months ago. With more and more Canadians crossing the border into the US because of the US$ vs CD$ it is becoming quite a problem. Canadians are starting to realise if they are taken ill or have an accident ie break a leg or arm while they are in the US it can cost them dearly...many are taking out appropriate insurance.
and rightly so i feel.
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i just remembered this morning my health insurance through my job kicked in this month..so i will check out what they offer too...personaly i wont' even cross the border without insurance......anything can happen..ooh look a speedy car....a trip on the sidewalk...sudden pains in the body..anything!! LOL
Perhaps you might want to remain in Canada and not visit the US with all those fears. I travel to Canada all the time to visit my stepson and in-laws and my US health insurance does not cover me there. I have to go to a private clinic and pay upfront for medical care and prescriptions in Canada and believe me it is as expense as in the US for emergency care and drugs.
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you may have got away without paying for it..BUT someone else would have....being the american tax payers i spose.....and god knows they have enough of their own problems paying for their health benefits etc..that i dont' want THEM to foot the bill for mine..

And my in-laws when they play snowbird in Florida use their Quebec healthcare at the medical clinics where it is fully accepted and Quebec does pay the charges.
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what kind of health coverage do you suggest..? and what costs are involved, for a one week visit to NY.

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I am Canadian and I wouldn't consider travelling to the US without medical insurance. It is very cheap - not worth taking the risk of not having it. We have an annual policy for 3 of us and it is $55.00 PER YEAR for any amount of trips out of Canada (maximum 14 days per trip).

We get ours from our bank (ATB Financial) through Travel Underwriters.
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