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March 13, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Health, Canadian style

You Yanks should pay attention

Things that never happened while I lived in Canada and used the single-payer Canadian system (Ontario Health Insurance Plan — OHIP):

— Denial of benefits due to a pre-existing condition.

— Denial of claim due to not approved provider.

— Denial of claim due to not authorized service.

— Denial of claim due to improper coding by provider.

— Co-pay due at time of service.

— Multiple invoices for a single provider visit.

— Multiple calls to provider to determine the reason for the denial of claim.

— Deductible percentage deducted from invoice due to service provider.

— Billed for services rendered.

All of these have happened to me in the U.S. health-insurance system, except denial of benefits.

Oh for Canada’s health insurance — single payer.

— Jay F. Johnson, Redmond

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