Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Canada needs a kick in the medical butt

I'd like to thank you all for your well-wishes on my grandfather's passing... The funeral is Friday and I'm amazed at the outpouring of love and support - my grandpa would say to stop fussing but we know better ;-)

And yes mom, of course I'll write a little speech but someone else has to read it because I absolutely do not want to deal with public speaking, specially during a funeral mass. 

*dies of stage fright*

In other news, our medical system sucks. Well OK to be fair it's not that bad: everyone has access to basic medical care and can see a doctor without paying, meds are co-sponsored, etc. But when it comes time to see a specialist or have a procedure done, even a simple one: good luck getting an appointment unless you're very, very patient.

I had to have an ultrasound done so I called the hospital to get a spot and was told that the schedules were full until 2011. Um, wow. So I then asked when the new schedules would be available so I could call that day (one day per month you can get an appointment!!) and, ha ha, they did not know, it would be announced sometime in November.

Great. Not only can I not get an appointment, I wasn't even allowed to know when I could call to get one!!

Effing efficient.

So I called the private clinic which is in the next town and guess what?

They had five spots available the next day.

For $40, tax-deductible.

I was in and out in 30 minutes, got the procedure, saw a doctor, all is fine.

Honestly, I'm gobsmacked.

There is obviously some kind of problem with our current health system. If you can't afford a procedure you have to wait months, even years to get a free appointment at the hospital, at which point what you have could possibly kill you? WTF? Since when is Canada the USA?

(no offense my peeps south of the border)

Anyhoo. It was eye-opening today and I can say that I'm relieved there is an option - health is not to be messed with. I can sacrifice shopping for shoes to save my boobs.

The end.


Adventures In China said...

I agree that u.s.healthcare is a mess, no offense taken! I'm not sure the best solution, but it seems what we have now sure isn't workin' for most folks. Glad you got what you needed.

I'll think good thoughts for you especially on Friday-- I hope the funeral is an uplifting and comforting experience for all of you.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I health care is a mess but I am thankful to have great insurance.
However my daughter can't afford to get insurance so going to the hospital last year cost $10,000. yet if you are illegally here our government pays your bill. We wish she could get care like you have even if it is bad at times.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I am so glad that you were able to get an appointment and all is well.
I am giving the double finger to all things "health care."
I hope your family is doing ok...losing a loved one is the crappiest part of life.
hugs, Suz

prin said...

Well, you know I disagree with you on this one. I do like two tier health care and I don't think anybody is really too poor to have access to it and it tends to free up spots in the public system too.

But I also love the public system. When I was dying, I saw my endo the next morning at 7:30AM. When you really are dying, you do get bumped up and that's why everybody else waits.

Lou said...

Glad you're good to go, $40 lighter too, delightful!

The UK is following in this trend also.

Lady Banana said...

Once again, I am so happy to have our NHS.. many may criticise it and it does have it's problems, but on the whole, it's wonderful!