The Canadian health system is not all that it is cracked up to be. People are dying because of the long waiting times, doesn't cover medications so even if you are diagnosed, if you don't have private health coverage, you may not be able to afford the meds. Get a GI appointment here in a couple of weeks, pfft, where I live it is a six month waiting list, that is if you have a family doctor to recommend you. I know somebody who waited 5 weeks to get the results of his biopsy, sadly it was also the day he died.
My parents have had experience with both and they feel American health care is better, however, they do have private health insurance.
Dx: UC Proctitis 2006
None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
Started Meds: Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare, tapering, stopped.
Diet: Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet. Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes).
Added: tumeric and probiotics.