Note: Please read the entire opening posts.
As some of you may know, I moved to Quebec City about a month ago. I found the place I live in just a week before I moved here. I just jumped on the boat and came here. Family, friends, and colleagues thought this was crazy, and amazing. (I'll get back to this later.)
I had no idea who my roommate is and might be. He could have been pulling a fraud for all I know. It turns out that my roommate is Morrocan, and immigrated to Canada about 4 years ago. He's also spending the summer in Quebec City. He always talks about how amazing it would be to move to California where the good life is. I laughed, and I asked why. He explained how you have beautiful weather, women, and money. The money I explained is a fantasy he has. The other two reasons I can accept, but not necessarily agree with because I haven't been to California before making conclusions. I decided to ask him if he's been to California, and he said no. His only knowledge of California is from movies and watching OC. I wouldn't consider movies and especially the OC to be an accurate portrayal of California. And I laughed some more. I like to laugh at the level of irrationallity some people have, and sometimes I have. (*smile*)
Then I explained to him that Canada would be a much better place. He said then asked me why. I answered: "Life is easy. Life is great. Life is beautiful here." He then asked me how so. I explained that in Canada we have no worries like Health Care, and insane school debts. (The rest of the reasons are subjective, so I exclude them.) How is life easy in Canada? Well, I can work anywhere I want in the country, quit when I want, move when I want, live where I want in Canada and have health coverage.
How important is health coverage? Without the health system here, I would have not been able to move to Quebec City like I did, and experience this beautiful city in the way that I am. I would have to stay home and keep my job there, and try to maintain health coverage in some way (however, it might work). The jobs that I have are certainly not jobs that would offer health insurance. I'm happy with them because they pay enough to allow me to live here. I have pink eye like two weeks ago, and I just walked in the hospital here in Quebec, and got my care. Just like that. One little application because I'm from Ontario. It doesn't ask about medical history at all. You just fill in your standard personal information and write when you came to Quebec. The doctor came to see me shortly (not a 3 hour wait) in about maybe 5-10 minutes. I got the diagnosis, and even the drugs for free. I even got a prescription for a drug for my ears for free in case I get an infection. The doctor understands that I can't delay my ear infections, and I asked to make sure they were clean while I was there. Again, free. I work two part-time jobs with no benefits.
How about my roommate? He's already been to the hospital twice in Quebec City, and he also had no problems. I laughed and said "Good luck doing that working at a pizza place in California when you start your life there." He didn't like that because he knows it's a real threat to destroying his dream to living and residing in the US. In Morroco, health coverage is also covered by the government. He's never lived in a country when a similiar system as the US.
Anyways, how do Americans cope with it? I wanted to apply for a VISA and just go work in New York until I realized I would have to worry about health care. I would definitely get rejected because of the conditions of my ears. I had more surgeries than two hands can count.
Note: I have some stories to tell about the health system. I'll leave them out until I see comments.