(Jesus, Tumblr’s not posting the comments I’m attaching. OK, once more:) I wonder how many of us have talked to Canadians about their health care system. It’s not “all that” according to the Candians I know.
THIS Canadian loves her health care and can’t imagine her world without it. Is it perfect? Hell no, but what is?
I know when my kids are sick they get taken care of. I don’t have to worry about if I can afford it or if there’s going to be large bills afterward. If I go to the emergency room because of something minor then yes, I wait HOURS, but I understand that there are true Emergencies ahead of me.
I’ve been to Emergency twice in the last year though with what could have been serious things and I was taken right in. In to the doctor so fast, that they did my intake in the exam room. Once for “the worst headache ever”. All I wanted was something to stop it but I found out, after the fact, that phrase is an indicator of a stroke and I have many of the risks (Diabetic and all). Instead, I quickly found out that I had a sinus infection from hell - was treated, and sent home.
My second big scare was chest pains. I guess I looked poorly enough when I went in because the triage nurse pulled me out of the intake line up and took me right back. From the moment I walked in the door to IV and Heart Monitor in less than 10 minutes. They kept me there all night, just to be safe, and the Rapid Cardiac Investigation Unit called me the next day to arrange follow up tests. Those test were done that same week.
I have a mole that I want removed. Not that needs to be, but one that I feel is ugly and I want removed. The wait list is well over a year. However, when I had gallbladder issues I went from first attack to surgery in under a month. Thyroid tumor? Discover, tests, removal - two weeks.
My mom had an abnormal mammogram in November and had a repeat, an ultrasound, a biopsy, and a full mastectomy by December.
I trust our health care. I’m aware that it is not perfect, but I still would never ever give it up. I have a sister who moved to San Diego ten years ago. She is quite well off and lucky that way - but the money that the spend for health care is out of this world. She’d take her Canadian Health Care back in a heart beat.
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