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Question about blood pressure medication
Posted date : Mar 16, 2017.
In the fall 2016 issue, a writer asked if blood pressure medication containing both hydrochlorothiazide and another medication was considered as ONE medication.   Read more...

Routine tests
Posted date : Mar 13, 2017.
If a person requires routine tests, for example blood work or an ECG that is not an emergency while they are in the U.S   Read more...

Quit Smoking
Posted date : Dec 12, 2016.
This is a shout-out to J. Ross Quigley for his article in the summer 2016 issue in which he referred to laser treatment to stop smoking. As any former or current smoker knows, quitting is very hard.   Read more...

Shingles Shot
Posted date : Dec 12, 2016.
During my recent doctor's appointment, I asked about getting the shingles shot but mentioned that I didn't know whether I had had chicken pox as a child.   Read more...

Vaccinations
Posted date : Sep 28, 2016.
Do you recommend getting a shingles shot?   Read more...

Prescribed Medications
Posted date : Sep 28, 2016.
Is this considered one medication or two when applying for travel insurance?   Read more...

Vitamin K vs. Potassium
Posted date : Jul 20, 2016.
In reply to the letter about atrial fibrillation and the avoidance of foods containing vitamin K. The editorial reply has confused vitamin K with K-potassium.   Read more...

Green tea article, CSANews 97
Posted date : Jul 15, 2016.
My eyebrows were raised on reading the article, particularly because I have a disease called atrial fibrillation and I consume the prescription Warfarin daily as an antidote to the possible blood clots which can be prevalent with this disease.   Read more...

Gluten-free recipe correction
Posted date : Jan 09, 2015.
I enjoy reading your magazine, however the fall issue no. 92 had some incorrect information in the Low Fat Chicken Stroganoff recipe found on page 49.   Read more...

Recommendation for ear issues when flying
Posted date : Aug 06, 2014.
The article on page 42 of the Spring 2014 issue [Health Pulse] missed a great remedy for the unequal pressure between the middle ear and the cabin of an airplane.   Read more...

GHIP Coverage
Posted date : May 12, 2014.
If we sell our house in Ontario, store our belongings in Ontario, travel to the U.S. for four months (no fixed address for those four months, but we would buy Medipac insurance for the U.S. trip), return to Canada and then buy a house in Nova Scotia, do we still have continuous health coverage from OHIP?   Read more...

Aspirin and NSAIDs
Posted date : Oct 10, 2013.
In the summer edition, there was some confusion about NSAIDs in pills. NSAID stands for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. NSAID is used as an adjective that helps to describe a drug; it is not something that can be added or taken away. The three main groups of NSAIDs are aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen, which are sold over the counter in most countries   Read more...

Aspirin and NSAIDs
Posted date : Oct 10, 2013.
I am writing with reference to Mr. Dawe's letter regarding Aspirin and NSAIDs in CSA's summer 013 edition. Mr. Dawe states that he "could not find any product that contained ASA" in Florida, and all the Aspirin products that he did find "all contained NSAIDs."   Read more...

6 month Supply of Medicine
Posted date : Oct 10, 2013.
I am a member of the PSHCP and encountered the same problem as Wayne Hays, Barry's Bay ON, regarding acquiring a six-month supply of medicine versus three months.   Read more...

Politics in CSANews
Posted date : Sep 02, 2011.
Dear Bird Talk, We really look forward to our copy of CSANews, and fully understand Ross Quigley's point in the summer 2011 issue. A large part of the purpose of CSA is to put political pressure in the most appropriate area in order to benefit Canadian snowbirds. And you need to report on your successes (and failures, if any).   Read more...

Prescriptions
Posted date : May 06, 2011.
Dear Bird Talk, This will be our first time being snowbirds for a couple of months. We are wondering how people deal with their repeat prescriptions?   Read more...

Valley Fever
Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.
Dear Bird Talk, I have been a user of this coverage (Medipac) for the past five years during our stays at our home base while in the U.S., Apache Junction, Arizona. I became ill this February and, after some misdiagnosis, was finally identified to have Valley Fever.   Read more...

Three months of medication in BC
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Dear Bird Talk, We have been members of the Canadian Snowbird Association and do enjoy your quarterly magazine. For 20 years, we have been travelling to Florida from Alberta for four or five months each winter and have had no problem filling prescriptions from our doctors to cover the time we were away.   Read more...

Alberta Health & Snowbirds
Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.
Dear Bird Talk, Prior to my move to Saskatchewan, I was a resident of Alberta. In September 2008, I called to let Alberta Health know that I was leaving the country for six months (182 days) as per my instruction.   Read more...

Heart Saving Tests
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Dear Bird Talk, In your CSANews (Fall 2008) magazine, there was on the inside front cover a great article on “Heart Saving Tests” brought by Healthfair. I tried to phone using the number listed – no luck. I used the www.healthfair.com website, and we reached locations in Florida.   Read more...

Breast Cancer Treatment
Posted date : Dec 23, 2008.
Dear Bird Talk, Love your magazine and all the information. Re the “breast cancer“ article from Mike Pigden – Has no one ever heard of “BRACHYTHERAPY ?” for breast cancer.   Read more...

Rules of the “Ontario Drug Plan”
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Dear Bird Talk, In view of the problems which I recently experienced when attempting to obtain prescription medicine from my pharmacist before leaving for wintering in Florida, will you kindly clarify the rules of “Ontario Drug Plan”?   Read more...

Property Taxes in Arizona
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
It is interesting to notice the difference in attitude of the residents of Florida and the residents of the state of Arizona regarding snowbirds.   Read more...

Florida State Tax Discrimination – The Final Word
Posted date : May 22, 2008.
The printing of the letter from the Office of Citizens Services and your own introductory paragraph stating that governor Crist had actually done something for part-time residents, and will do more, is to enter the world of “make believe.”   Read more...

Shinglers
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, I got shingles in March in Arizona about a month before we came home, and the pain pills I’d been prescribed prevented me from driving (drowsiness, etc.), so we had to pay a friend from Ontario to fly down and drive us home.   Read more...

Health Care Ad Campaign in BC
Posted date : Jun 01, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, Re: Health Care Ad Campaign in British Columbia We are short of doctors. We are short of hospital beds. We need more MRIs. We need more nursing staff. Our clinics are closing their doors due to lack of funding.   Read more...

Prostate Cancer Awareness
Posted date : May 27, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, Today I am writing as a self-appointed poster boy for prostate cancer awareness, to male snowbirds across Canada.   Read more...

Ontario Healthcare Facilities
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, I have just spent 2 weeks in one of our Ontario healthcare facilities.   Read more...

Two Tier Health Systems
Posted date : May 20, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, I read the letter from a member that included a letter from their physician saying he was quitting practice because he could no longer tolerate the conditions under which he had to work for OHIP (Spring 2005, Issue 54).   Read more...

US Medicare
Posted date : May 17, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, There has been a drastic increase in Medicare premiums for alien permanent residents (formerly Green Card holders) in the United States. This affects persons over the age of 65 such as myself and my wife.   Read more...

Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
Posted date : Apr 09, 2007.
Dear Sir, In the winter 2000 issue you had an article under Health & Wellness pertaining to the procedure "percutaneous vertebroplasty" which was administered to your mother for an osteoporosis condition.   Read more...

PSA Test
Posted date : Mar 08, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk: I have just received via snail mail the winter issue of CSA News.   Read more...