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Sep 30, 2017 11:27AM
Sep 30, 2017 11:30AM
Voracious...quite the little rant re: Canada. Apparently someone in your family had a difficult experience and for you that means an entire system is wrong? I am sorry that happened for them. It wouldn't ever happen in the US? I never said the Canadian system is flawless...and I am also certain that families experience the same frustration with overwhelmed or young or "foreign" healthcare providers in the US. There are a number of posts on this board sharing those experiences.
I am a dual citizen and pay taxes in both countries. I am also someone who has worked on the "frontlines" of both healthcare systems and been a patient in both countries. I worked with, and was a patient of doctors trained in Canada and "foreign countries" while in the US . I have actually worked with many physicians in Canada, who are American, having moved here for family life choices, after completing training in the US. In fact my current family physician is from Michigan and trained at UCLA. Never once have I questioned why "they don't help their own people"...I just don't have the mindset of health, skills, or commitment to others being restricted by a line on a map. In fact, I came to Canada, to fill a healthcare position that no one in Canada accepted. I had the skills and the interest to do the job. I believe that healthcare is a human issue, period.
Yes, you are 100% correct, the wait times for many things in Canada are longer than in the US. A problem that is constantly an issue. For many things, it is slowly getting better, but has a long way to go.
However, no one here has to open their wallets to take their child or themselves to see a doctor, get care in a hospital, urgent care or walk in clinic, get lab work, get surgery, get chemo, get procedures such as a mammo, colonoscopy, xray, an MRI, a bone scan, receive chemo....etc., etc. For me, that is an acceptable scenario.
I was born with a clef palate and other complications. My family was extremely poor, to the point of receiving "food boxes" from charities, even though my father was employed full-time and was a Veteran of WWII. It wasn't until I was an adult, and going through some family papers, that I discovered that one of the reasons for our "extended poverty" was because of the multiple surgeries and care that I required as an infant. My parents and extended families used every available $, charity help and bank loans that took years to pay off, to get me the care I needed. In Canada, in our "socialized medicine" (an incorrect description, actually), I would have received that care without financially devastating and demeaning my family.
I've clearly seen and experienced both versions of healthcare systems...I have no illusions in which works for me.
I'll leave you to your discussion.
"Comparison is the thief of joy"
10/1991, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR-
11/7/1991 Mastectomy: Right
11/29/1991 Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Methotrexate (Amethopterin, Mexate, Folex)
5/31/1992 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
10/7/1992 Reconstruction (right)
5/7/1997 Reconstruction (right)
4/12/2013 Reconstruction (right): Free TRAM flap
1/8/2014 Reconstruction (right)
4/14/2014 Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction