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Old 02-21-2010, 11:40 AM   #41
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When I imported my motorhome from the states, I employed my reading upside-down abilities and saw a list at the customs office of their gun confiscations. One person had over a dozen firearms that got taken away. I wonder if they hold them or just outright confiscate them.
No one hunts in Canada.
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Old 02-21-2010, 11:49 AM   #42
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Carrying Firearms and Weapons into Canada

Canadians do hunt, and lots of Americans come here to hunt too. No, you won't get your guns back if they are confiscated. To avoid confiscation, you have to apply for an authorization to transport them first.
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:26 AM   #43
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Looks more complicated than I thought. Canada is such a huge country with relatively little people you would think they would be more "open" to people moving there.
Health care in Canada is extremely expensive and paid for via heavy taxes...it is no different than here in the states. We pay if we want and need it but in Canada we pay regardless if we want or need it. Therefore it is annoying to think that someone might want to retire there just to use the healthcare system. If you have contributed, well then, have at it but if you have not and expect to just come and grow old there while enjoying the prepaid system I doubt you will be successful.

FYI....Vancouver is one of Canada's most expensive cities.
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Vancouver is one of Canada's most expensive cities.
People from Texas as especially shocked at the costs in Vancouver.

But if you don't smoke, drink or eat out, it is manageable.
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Health care in Canada is extremely expensive and paid for via heavy taxes...it is no different than here in the states. We pay if we want and need it but in Canada we pay regardless if we want or need it. Therefore it is annoying to think that someone might want to retire there just to use the healthcare system. If you have contributed, well then, have at it but if you have not and expect to just come and grow old there while enjoying the prepaid system I doubt you will be successful.

FYI....Vancouver is one of Canada's most expensive cities.
I don't know about the heavy taxes Allison. I lived in Texas for a few years and I didn't really notice a huge difference in the tax rates. Could have been the mid-income bracket I was in at the time because I definitely pay more now than many make in a year once I go over $100k/year.

Agree with you about the retiring to Canada for the health care if you haven't paid into the system. Although I read something recently that said that Canada's health care costs per person were 1/2 of that spent in the US. I think the numbers were around $5k/year in Canada vs. $8k/year in the US. So someone could just pay as they go and come out ok I think as long as they didn't have a major illness.

Vancouver IS expensive, Victoria is prettier and less expensive. I did a groceries comparison on a blog post recently between Alberta and Montana and our costs in Canada are somewhere around 30% higher.

I'd consider it if I was an American and the US dollar was a lot stronger.
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as long as they didn't have a major illness.

And that's what all this hospitalization INSURANCE debate is all about.........

Is INSURANCE going to be for handling major illnesses or for providing free routine care, especially for the lower middle class and down, or both?
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And that's what all this hospitalization INSURANCE debate is all about.........

Is INSURANCE going to be for handling major illnesses or for providing free routine care, especially for the lower middle class and down, or both?
how bout making it a high deductable policy? the feds have 1 that costs the employee or retiree $70 - $80 per month for a single person (and the insurance co puts about $70/mo into a HSA for the employee/retiree). now granted that is subsidized by the feds (they pick up 3/4th of the real premium) but even with out the subsidy, is that alot to pay for a HDHP? maybe the health care reform bill should focus on this approach.
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