I feel strongly about this – so should you.

December 21, 2007 at 5:48 pm (bad things, blogging, doctors, for a cause, opinions, rambling, real life, reflecting, resources, worries/concerns)

I have been thinking about my cousin Karen’s situation with the only two pediatric cardiologists at her son’s hospital both leaving for Winnipeg in June. Her son (my nine year old cousin) Dylan had Kawasaki’s Disease almost 8 years ago and has some heart complications. He goes for yearly checkups to make sure that everything is still good. His case is not as dire as some of the other children at that hospital; the ones who make frequent visits and practically live there and count on the support of the pediatric cardiologists.

Personally, I think that the hospital should have recruited new pediatric cardiologists before its current ones made plans to take jobs in Winnipeg. What about all the children and families counting on them? Yes, I know, there are other hospitals (like my old Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto) but as Karen expresses in her post regarding the matter, trips that long from London would put a lot of strain on a family and a child suffering from major heart problems.

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Our healthcare system definitely needs to step up. In Canada, we have a lot of “free” coverage (which we actually pay for through taxes) and for the most part it’s really good, but then we get told that it is impossible to switch family doctors if you aren’t happy because there is simply not enough family doctors available. Why is there not enough family doctors available? If that is an issue, how come the government is not stepping up to solve the problem by hiring more doctors?

Personally, I do not like our family doctor. Nobody in my family does. We would rather go into a walk in clinic then book an appointment with him because he barely helps us. He shrugs off all of our health concerns and takes the easy way out for every question or concern that we have. So yes, we would love to switch family doctors — if there were any available. The only way to get a new doctor is to move to a new location, and even then it’s hard.

There are a lot of loopholes in our health care system that really need to be addressed. As taxpayers, we shouldn’t be allowing this issues of not having enough doctors to reoccur. We should be working towards solving the issue, instead of letting families go without doctors or having them travel long distances to see specialists.

What do you think?

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3 Comments

  1. Bennie said,

    First, as you pointed out, the medical care is not free. From all that I’ve read the bad always outweighs the good when medical coverage is guaranteed and paid for by the government. There is no doubt that the idea behind it is the right attitude but any form of government including our democratic ones screws up social services royally. The amount of administration and bureaucracy involved to manage the “system” tend to delay services.

    Secondly, again as you pointed out, your choices become limited. You’re no longer dealing with a free market. Just like the patient, doctors and nurses end up with a case load of folks they don’t particularly like dealing with.

    The system here in the US is far from flawless but it works better than any other I’ve heard, seen, or read about.

  2. Girl, Dislocated said,

    Sometimes I think my incurable EDS is more likely to be magically cured than it is for the U.S. or Canada to come up with a health care system that works for everyone. I freak out every time I stop to think about how I’m going to get health insurance once I’m no longer covered by the school’s mandatory student health insurance. Who the hell would cover me given my expensive surgeries and frequent ER visits? How much higher of a premium will I have to pay than healthy people if I do manage to find coverage? How will I not go bankrupt if I don’t find coverage and have to pay every $3,000 ER visit out of pocket?

    On a less depressing note, Merry Christmas!

  3. Erin said,

    Woah. I had no idea. I hope your Christmas went well.

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