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Before You Move: A Canadian health care primer

The American presidential election is just a week away, and people from both political camps and all walks of life (even TV stars) are talking about moving to Canada if their candidate isn’t elected. (If you’re an American thinking about coming to Nova Scotia, Cape Breton is ready to welcome you. Start here.)

Whether you’re a Canadian thanking your lucky stars for our relatively low-key electoral process or an American who’s already packing a suitcase, now seems like a good time to explore one of the key differences between the two countries: our health-care systems.

Obviously there is much more involved in the debate on which country’s health-care system is better for you as an individual. But in Canada you get a health card when you are born and all you need to do is swipe it whenever you go to a doctor or hospital. End of story.

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