Paul L said...
Love4cats, be careful what you say about the Canadian health care system. It varies from province to province and city to rural areas. I live in Toronto and have always had excellent care. I would never trade our system for a US style system. I have never experienced any of the problems you talk about.
I did not say the system was better in the US, but the health care that is given to patients is better. I think health care should be provided to all, but a broken or inefficient system is not a good thing either.
Just because somebody lives in rural ON shouldn't mean they should go without a family doctor, they pay their taxes for that service just as city folk do.
I also live in ON, and you are right, the health care system varies between provinces, here is not as good as AB, even with all the cuts Klein made. Maybe TO has great care, but move away and see what happens. I lived in Brockville for 3 years with no family doctor because there wasn't any taking on new patients. City of Kingston is trying to "bribe" family doctors here because there is just not enough. I finally got one, but in a different town, now that doctor has moved to Ottawa, grrrrrr.
My daughter who possibly has UC has been waiting to see a GI for almost 6 months.
My father, who has a heart condition has had to go to emergency to get his annual blood work done because his family doctor retired and nobody to replace him. Walk in clinic refused to send him for his blood work because they said that would mean he would become a patient and the doctor was not taking on any new patients.
In 2005 17% of Kingstonians were without a family doctor.
When my mother caught a heart virus in the Florida she was wisked away to a cardiologist immediately and got the best care she has ever had in her life.