by Michael Huntington MD, Corvallis
Corvallis Gazette Times, March 24, 2015
I spoke with my cousin Debbie at a recent family gathering. She and her husband grew up in the United States and then, long ago, moved to Canada for work. Both have dual citizenship. They love and miss Oregon. For years they have hoped to return permanently to Coos County.
But they don’t dare.
So long as they stay in Canada they have affordable tax-based healthcare insurance, Canadian Medicare, giving them access to good care that is free of US-style financial torment.
But if they come home to Oregon they have only unaffordable and troublesome options. They would have to pay $1,000 to $2,000 a month for a high deductible policy that provides no guaranteed access to care or protection from financial ruin.