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Universal health care in Canada? Not so much

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St. John's sees the sunrise four and a half hours before Victoria. This means Newfoundlanders are the first to see the light and British Columbians are the last.

Unfortunately, some who leave the West Coast to study on the Rock get an unwelcome surprise. Students who arrive from other provinces are denied health coverage, as are their dependents and partners. All this in the province most likely to have medical test results vanish from electronic health records.

In 2012, Charlotte Morton left British Columbia to study in Newfoundland. Today, she lectures at Memorial University as she pursues a PhD. She's married to a Newfoundlander and has no intentions of leaving St. John's. "I work here, I pay taxes here, my children go to school here," she told the CBC in December.

Yet when it comes to health care, Newfoundland won't pay. The province's Medical Care Plan (MCP) denies coverage to students arriving from elsewhere. Morton has applied for coverage but always in vain.

It's not supposed to be this way. When Canadians change provinces, the former province is obligated........

© St. Catharines Standard