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differences between canada and US

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by asdasd12345, Apr 23, 2004.

  1. asdasd12345

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    may seem like a stupid question. what is it like practicing medicine in canada compared to the US? i know canada has nationalized healthcare a lot like England. any large difference in salaries? if you are educated in the US, is it a problem to practice over in canada? any opinions appreciated, well almost any.
     
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  3. E.A. Poe

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    Canada is in the north. It is cold and people that live there are called "Canucks". It is properly referred to as "U.S. North" and has this crazy Queen situation. The U.S. is the more populous, warmer neighbor to the south. We are more brassy and obnoxious, and generally not quite as good as hockey.

    Oh, you wanted health care info...
     
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    my friend has looked into this extensively since she is marrying a canadian. from what she has told me it seems that if you are not educated in canada it is difficult to get to practice there. there seems to be a lot of red tape and they have people waiting for years to get licensed there. she was told this happens to a lot of canadian foreign medical school graduates too. i was sorry to hear this because i have always thought vancouver would be a city i would like to live in someday.
     
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    canadians talk funny, have pale skin, yellow teeth, and make sweeping generalizations about americans....eh?

    canada is also home to chad kroeger, gods gift to the earth.
     
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    canada created tom green, he is somewhat funny.
     
  7. Lion-O

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    I have an interesting anecdote about this. At my GW interview, the girl interviewing me was from Canada, but was attending GW. She told me that she would really like to go home to Canada to practice, but she said it probably wasn't feasible since she wouldn't make enough to pay off her debt. It really depressed her because she was way into the whole socialized medicine thing; basically her debt has imprisoned her in America.
     
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    Google Canadian Doctor Salaries and you'll find a listing of FP and specialist salaries. Its a bit province specific, but seemed to be about the same as US salarie averages but in C$ so at current exchange its 25% lower salaries....but you're not dealing with malpractice insurance bills like the US and its a single payer system (ie the guvment) so its simpler for you to deal with paperwork, not a different deal for every patient.

    Basically it comes down to if you like nationalized health care or not. My experience with it has been great, but I've only experienced it in rural areas. Docs in Canada have a nice salary but some are jealous of US doc salaries. Some who have moved to the US are returning now because after malpractice insurance they are making less than they were. But it ain't any easier to get in to school, probably harder (fewer spots for the population), and really hard as an international applicant. And no you can't go back and forth easy to practice. Being nationalized its burocratic licensing hell.
     
  9. TheRussian

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    The heads of Canadians flop up and down when they talk.
     

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