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I Can Get Sick

posted at 4:28 am
on Mar. 30, 2005

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Yesterday in the mail, I finally got that thing that made me feel completely Canadian, at home among these quiet yet docile creatures of the North.

I received my BC CareCard, giving me access to unlimited health care. Oh, the awesome power I now wield!

I can get so totally sick now!  It’s just like turning 21 in the U.S.—I’m going to go on a big binge!

I think I’ll start with pneumonia shooters, just to get started, then maybe a couple fractures, a little anemia, and an untreatable skin rash for good measure.

Oh, this is so cool!  Wait, what about the removals… tonsils, adenoids, spleen, appendix.  All free!  All for the asking!

And that don’t get me started on those other truly awesome covered conditions.  We’re talking needles, bed-side consults, machines that go ping…



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Hi Travis,

I haven't written to you in a very long time. Maybe not since we went bowling several years ago. Anyways, as I was reading you column, a thought occurred to me: as a Canadian you get a health card (after the obligatory waiting period of course), but does your wife get one too?

Does she, by virtue of being married to a Canadian, eventually become eligible for any form of health care as well? My guess would be no, but I simply haven't a clue. It is strange that I have never thought of this before.

Having suffered through an entire semester long course called "Health Care Policy" while I was completing my degree in Political Science, one would think I should know the answer to this question. But I don't. I hope I am not being too nosy. I am not really asking about your wife per say, but more about the situation of a non-Canadian coming to live in Canada.

That's all. I hope you are enjoying living in Vancouver. I was just there for a conference two weeks ago. Lovely city. As I checked into my hotel, I realized that other than several connections through the airport, and a jr. high class trip to Expo 86 I would rather forget, I have never really "been" to Vancovuer. I have been missing out on so much. I hope to get back soon!

Karry from Calgary


Posted by Karry
  at 12:51 pm on Apr. 5, 2005

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