The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, has introduced two new insurance programs. That wouldn't be very newsworthy except that the insurance programs aren't being offered to Americans, they're being offered to Canadians, who already have access to "free" medical care in their home country.
With the addition of the two new programs, the Mayo Clinic will now be marketing three insurance programs to Canadians:
• MyCare Insurance for individual Canadians, which was introduced in May 2011 to supplement Canada's "free" medical care.
• MyCare Health Benefit Option for employees allowing a Canadian patient's doctor to consult with Mayo experts.
• MyCare Advantage Insurance, an optional upgrade that provides full medical treatment at Mayo.
According to the Mayo Clinic, 25% of the international patients they serve every year are from Canada. And why is an American hospital/clinic serving so many Canadians?
According to this news report about Mayo's insurance programs for Canadians, "the publicly funded health system in Canada decreases the choices available to patients, and can also result in delayed diagnosis and treatment. That's why, within the national system, it's good to offer choices for
those who need diagnosis confirmation or even treatment for serious
Where will Americans go when/if we adopt Canadian-style medicine?
HT: Ryan Lais