posted on Aug, 13 2007 @ 07:07 PM
Okay I'll bite... I probably should not be posting at all as I am Canadian. Compared to probably a vast majority of Americans, my health care is
in-frickin-credible, I know that... But I can still manage to complain about it... I know I have no right to even consider whining about "paid-for"
health care, but as it turns out, after almost 40 years of taking for granted, and receiving "free" healthcare, I can still find it within my greedy
selfish-self to nitpick about something that 90 some percent of the worlds population will never have... So, if you don't want to hear someone
whining about something that is totally taken for granted (Did you know I could go into the doctor for "free" everytime I sniffle, and get a
blue cross "paid-for" prescription for some cold medicine, then get a doctor note to stay home from work paid for two days?), then you better not
read this. But these guys are almost begging for some complaints, so what the heck, I'll get this pet peeve off my chest...
My first complaint, before I address the "free" healthcare bits, is my biggest beef with our healthcare system here, and it is all the FREELOADING
BASTARDS that rush into the doctor with a sniffle to get a free drug prescription and two paid days off, whenever they need time off, sick or not.
Better to use up sick time, then holiday time, for days off, right? This is a huge problem with a large comprehensive healthcare systems like ours in
my opinion, is that the system gets heavily taken advantage of from BOTH SIDES, patients and doctors. The odd time I do go in (maybe once every year
and a half), the waiting room is a joke. It is crammed full of people with what I would consider "frivolous" concerns. You do see a lot of obviously
legitimate doctor visits like pregnancies, injuries, whatever, but there are also alot of people in for their "sniffles", and stiff shoulders, and
stress headaches. Some say that if there was a small user fee that we had to pay for every visit, then maybe it would cut down on the number of people
with sniffle visits, but it didn't fly at the time...
"We already pay 42 bucks a month for our free health care, let alone another 30 dollar user fee payment every time I get a headache!", so that idea
fizzled out, and I don't necessarily agree with it either, but at least someone came up with something to try and ease this burden on our
Oh yeah, the doctors taking advantage of the system as well bit... Every visit you go in with the "sniffles", the doctor (I am sure he knows when
someone is legitimately sick or not) gives out a big brand name prescription, orders up a full blood diagnosis, gets 3 xrays, and sets up a return
visit in one week. The doctor could get full payment for the visitation, bonus for recomendations to other doctors if "needed", bonus for blood test
farmout, 120 bucks an xray, bonuses from pharmacuetical companies for prescribing their meds, and then you come back in a week, and we will figure
something else out then.... Now obviously I am exagerating some here, but I am sure you get my point how easy it is for doctors to take advantage and
to get their piece of the pie... Of course, just like the "patients", not every doctor takes advantage of the system, there are a lot of honorable
doctors and people out there...
My second complaint is the whole "Canadians have free health care" bit. It is not free... Dam cheap maybe in comparison, but not free... Its 42
bucks a month right now I think