Really. Neither my wife or I have ever gone in for an MRI, but my wife did need a CT scan while in Canada. They covered 100% of the cost of that. If you get any treatment at all at a hospital in Canada you’ll never see a bill. There are no copays or deductibles. So if the hospital has an MRI machine, it’s covered. My wife needed to wait about 2 to 3 weeks to get in for the CT scan, but since it wasn’t critical that was no big deal.
If you’re going for a private scan, I guess they wouldn’t cover it. However, you continue to ignore the fact that Canada has better health outcomes overall in spite of whatever problems with MRIs you might identify. No health system is perfect (something I readily conceded in the article), but given Canadians enjoy fewer years of debilitating disease, lower rates of premature death, and longer life expectancies they must be doing something right in spite of this MRI shortage you keep referring to. See stats provided in original article for source.
Next you claim “The Canadian system also doesn’t cover the costs of prescription drugs.” Actually, programs are available for lower/fixed income citizens and all prescription drug rates are negotiated by the government to obtain the lowest price. Medicare and Medicaid is forbidden from negotiating with the drug industry in the US, costing American taxpayers billions each year. It has been our experience that insulin is far cheaper in Canada and the amount we can purchase at that lower price is greater. Upon our return to the states we were told insulin would cost $600 for a two month supply. In British Columbia we paid roughly $100 for a 3 month supply. Given that with most insurance plans in the US you must reach a deductible before they start to pay somewhere between 80% and 100% of your drug costs, this means even with insurance we would likely be paying more for our prescription drugs in the United States than we would pay all year in Canada for the same medication.
But what I really find amazing is so many Americans with absolutely NO PERSONAL EXPERIENCE with the Canadian health system act like experts on its shortcomings. I can quote statistics and recount our own positive experiences with the system all day long, and still you will insist the system is in some kind of tailspin. You’ve so far let the stats on health care in the United States go without comment. This is typically the case in my experience. Tearing down the health care systems of other countries is a means of elevating the status of America’s system without actually addressing its problems with cost and access, lower life expectancies, higher infant and maternal mortality rates, etc.