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Cathie from Canada

It doesn't take much in the way of illness for the costs to mount up. Over the years, I haven't been particularly sickly or accident-prone. I don't have cancer or diabetes or heart disease or chronic conditions.
But still, my health care costs have added up -- I have had two C-sections, a cyst removal, a badly broken leg that required five surgeries plus physical therapy, and now I am dealing with diverticulitis and a bowel obstruction which required ilieostomy surgery in September followed by seven weeks in hospital to heal and to get my nutrition status back to normal. Also several ultrasounds and CT scans. I'm expecting major bowel surgery sometime soon and then a third operation next fall to (hopefully) remove the ilieostomy.
Ka-ching! Ka-ching! Ka-ching!
My workplace had a drug/health plan that I partly paid for. Now that I'm retired, we continue to pay about $250 a month for this plan, which covers a lot of peripheral health expenses like dentists, drugs, ambulances, some physio, etc.
And, of course, I've paid 45 years of income taxes. I would estimate that out of every thousand dollars of income tax I paid, a third to a half went into the health care system.
And our politicians secretly hate this -- so much money that they can't really control, because health costs are such a huge proportion of the provincial and federal budgets.

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