You can buy personal health insurance in Canada! The land of socialized medicine has insurance agencies that offer personal health plans. I never realized it until today.
Last week I moved an investment from TD Canada Trust to Sun Life Financial. Today, I was on the Sun Life website to see if I could check on my investment to see how its doing. Just through browsing around I stumbled across a page where you can buy personal health insurance. There’s three categories, basic, standard, and enhanced. Given my relatively young age and good health, I don’t think I need enhanced, but the basic and standard plans look pretty good, and they aren’t prohibitively expensive. The basic plan is $53/month, and the standard plan is about $75/month.
I haven’t bought coverage yet because I want to see how it compares to what I currently have through my employer, but I think it might be good to have just in case I’m out of the country, and I need emergency medical treatment. Particularly if I’m in the United States.
Isn’t it interesting how these options aren’t talked about by politicians? You wouldn’t want word to get out that you can buy your own private insurance, even though health care delivery is still a near-government monopoly.