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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Mar 13, 2014, 01:09 PM

25. Wait time in Canada depends on the illness

Last year I had gone to my optometrist for vision problem. Within 5 minutes he sent me out the door to go to the specialist 200 km away . I live in the rural north. My town of population 1300 has a hospital but not an eye surgeon. My optometrist called the surgeon and when I arrived the surgeon saw me and in 3 hours I was getting laser surgery I had a detached retina. I didn't have to stay in the hospital. The Provincial health care paid for my gas in a travel grant..
It did that for my two check ups

I was just called up for my every two year mammogram. I had to postpone it because I will be traveling other wise I could have gotten in a week in the next town's hospital 30 minute drive. I get an annual physical. I will be getting an ultrasound in a couple weeks in my own town's hospital. I could have gotten it 3 weeks ago but I had to postpone due to traveling.

My son and husband were diagnosed 2 months apart with brain cancer and Non Hodgkin's lymphoma They were healthy all their lives so it was so unexpected. My 25 year old son suddenly had seizures, Got a MRI the same day and 3 days later was getting brain surgery. My husband was diagnosed and saw the specialists and got his chemo the same day he saw the head hematologist Between them they had 4 surgeries, radiation sessions, several types of chemo, stem cell transplant. My husband was in the hospital for a month for his chemo and stem cell transplant. He was in Palliative care for 3 months. Our son was in ICU for 4 weeks and palliative care for a week. Both were in Palliative care in the hospitals they were being treated.
They each had psychotherapy sessions and we all had it as a family.
Our costs: ZERO

Correction we had to pay for the hospital parking.

PS: I looked up the hip replacement wait in Toronto Eastern Hospital (they specialize in replacements) .... 191 days... My friend has gone to the hospital for hip and knee replacements. She says they are excellent.
My other friend had calcium scraping on both knees. That was done over the xmas holidays as she works as a school bus driver. From the time she saw the specialist until he did it . 3 months.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH AMERICA????? Canadians listen to Americans diss Canadian health care and can not believe what they are hearing. PLEASE!!!!
Canadians have voted Tommy Douglas the greatest Canadian to ever have lived. He was premier of Saskatchewan and started Canadian health care system.

I have holidayed in the USA and there are people there who have no health care and can only go to the emergency room....My above family problems could not be solved in one emergency room visit. Plus the U.S. bill collectors go after those who have to resort to that.

Never would I want to partake in the American health system...it is for profit only. Many people are turned away or have to rely on friends having spaghetti dinners to raise money for their medical bills. So sad. Keep on getting those air carriers.

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