I am putting this in IMHO because although it is on the face a factual question, I am also interested in opinions.
My situation is: 72 years old, spent most of my employed years in Canada, have 34 quarters of US Social Security, six too few to be covered, but I could buy in for roughly $3000/year, which I could easily afford. I have most of the common ailments of my age (marginal diabetes, heart disease, atrial fibrillation) and private insurance is out of the question.
Having two children in NY, my wife and I are seriously contemplating moving there. But over the past 40 years, nearly, we have gotten accustomed to a medical system that has no deductible and no copay. When I go to the doctor no money changes hands and the same for the hospital care. You present your medicare card and that’s the last piece of paperwork you see. Also virtually every doctor works in the system (they are allowed to practice outside, but must choose one or the other; no doctors in the system with private patients).
Now, I have the impression, please correct me if I am wrong, that even if you have medicare, many doctors won’t accept it, there is both deductible and copay and you are likely to have trouble getting a treatment accepted. For the last, I should say that not every treatment, especially experimental treatment, is available here either, but once a treatment is accepted it is purely your doctor’s choice to use it.
We also have a compulsory prescription plan (although competing private plans are acceptable, but got too expensive when I turned 65). It has a deductible and copay, but once some limit is passed drugs are free. There is no “doughnut hole”. And the province has negotiated very favorable prices. My wife uses celebrex and the cost–not to her, but the total–is $27, while she had to pay $98 for the same in NY.
So my question is what would I face if I moved to the US?