Thursday, October 02, 2008

The benefits of BENEFITS!

I'm rich! I'm rich!
Of course I'm not, but I sort of feel rich today. I officially have benefits from work! My very own benefits that I have earned. And not just any benefits. Oh no. I have the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan. That's the ASEBP, don't you know. It's the sweetest plan around.

Today the kids and I got $700 worth of dentist-type stuff done, and it was 100% covered. Free! It was free!

And guess what else. GUESS!

On Saturday, Corina and I are going for massages. For free! We each get $400 worth of massages a year. FOR FREE!!!

*faints*

18 comments:

Steve said...

See people, even Canada has BETTER healthcare than we do! Vote Obama!!!! :)

BTW, do you have dual citizenship or have you always been Canadian?

Sara said...

That's just my additional work benefits on top of the regular benefits that all Canadians get. But yes, Canada has better healthcare than you guys do. And yes, I'm all Canadian. I bleed...umm...socialism?

Amy said...

Great health plan! I seriously need a job in the school system someday. Love Canada!!
It's too bad you're not at our school anymore, Hanna's in kindergarten and we may have been able to chat here and there. Hope you have a good school/work year.

Shauna said...

Ummm.. I totally object to the statement about you having better healthcare. I'm pretty sure I'd be dead AND blind if I lived in Canada and had to wait on those lists. Remember when you told me that it would have taken MONTHS to get that MRI that I got the VERY NEXT DAY?

Shauna said...

Oh... I'm happy about your work benefits though. That does sound awesome. Especially the part about the massages.

bequi said...

Hey, my job is so great that I'm not being paid for the next 6 months and I sill get to pay for insurance. Beat THAT!

Shannon said...

Shauna makes an awesome point about our health care only being good if you live long enough to use it. However I too love good work benefits, I just used up my massage benefits at the end of my pregnancy and those massages were worth every penny that I didn't have to pay! Now if only they'd pay for cosmetic surgery so I could be perfect...

Shauna said...

I definitely wouldn't mind getting some Canadian-style maternity leave though. I heard you folks get a whole year off work PAID. That's awesome. We really do need better maternity benefits. It's ridiculous to expect mothers to go back to work 6 weeks after giving birth.

Daisy Paige said...

I have never heard of people getting massages covered by health insurance. You and Shannon are so lucky!

Sara said...

Six weeks??? How are you supposed to do that?

Laurie said...

$400 for massage for a year? How much does the average massage go for in Canada?

Nonetheless, that's really neat about your massage with Corina today!

Oh, and my friend saw NKOTB in Pennsylvania last night. She says they're better now than they were when we were just kids. Yay!

Sara said...

The place we went was $45 for 45 minutes or $55 for an hour. And it was wonderful.

I've seen most of the concert on Youtube now, and it is also wonderful!

Steve said...

shauna - If you live in any sort of city in the US, you have to wait weeks or months to see your PCP or a specialist too! There just aren't enough doctors for the millions of people that need them.

Lesley said...

Benefits rock! You should wish for poor eyesight so you can get free glasses! Oh hell, just go and get them anyways!!!

autumn said...
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Sara said...

Well...I actually LIVE in Canada and so have obviously had experience with our healthcare system, so I can speak to the fact that it does work. I've had three life threatening illnesses. My mom has had a heart attack and a stroke. My daughter and I have epilepsy. We've used lots of healthcare. It works. You're a medical professional in a different country. That doesn't make you an expert in Canadian healthcare.

autumn said...

I apologize and ask your forgiveness. I know those medical conditions are extremely serious and VERY scary. No doubt the care you and your loved ones receive is/was much needed and an enormous blessing to you. I see that the high frustration and worry that I have been dealing with today with this topic--especially pertaining to my own family members and patients that I care a lot about--came through in my comment and I honestly didn't realize that when I wrote it. I sincerely thank you for responding how you did so I could be aware of that. I am very tired, but want to try to express myself better.

I didn't mean to come across as saying socialist medicine is worthless, and that is what happened. You are correct: I am definitely not an expert in Canadian healthcare. I can see how things work (or don't) here, and because I care about my patients I try to figure out how they can best be helped, whether by me or other providers or the system. That's why I research what other people, even in other countries, are doing to help their people. And I'm very concerned with all this talk of "change" before the election and so many people saying that Socialism is our future. If countries with socialist medicine are already at the point where we are trying to get to, and one after the other of their medical studies are concluding that (because of the high price tag) no treatment at all is better than "wasting time and resources", then I don't think that's where we want to go. We don't want to jump into a ship that has definite signs of eminent sinking. I don't for a minute think people should not be helped. And that's just it. Both systems have huge problems. I (obviously) don't have all the answers, but the focus needs to be on ensuring that sick people have the best chance for the absolute best care they can. Neither country's current system is able to satisfy that. Something new needs to be implemented.

I don't know that this long appendix (sorry!) has helped any, but I had no intention of belittling or attacking. I have also painfully learned not to comment when I'm feeling so tired and frustrated. :)

I wish you and your family the very best in all that you're dealing with.

Sara said...

Wow...you're really polite! No worries.