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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Canadians Invited to U.S. for CT-Scans

Over the past couple of weeks, Jack has sent me copies of several advertisements that have appeared in The National Post in Canada. Here is the introductory text of one of the ads:

You don't have to wait to have your CT Scan
If you or someone you know is on a long waiting list for a CT
Scan (also known as a CAT Scan) you have another option.
Just across the border in Southfield, Michigan, you can be
scheduled immediately on our state-of-the-art GE/Imatron CT scanner.

If a physician in Canada prescribed a CT Scan for a member of my family, but we were told that there was a 4-month waiting list, you can bet we'd be traveling to Michigan.

The second advertisement advertises heart scans. They even offer a two-for-one special: Jack calls it "His and Hers bad news reports." The third, from a different organization, advertises MRIs for Canadians with no wait.

As Jack says, even if we go to the US to find out more quickly that there is something wrong with our bodies, Canadians still face long waiting lists for most medical procedures.

Here is the CT-Scan ad:

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