I just wanted to point out a case of complete waste of taxpayer's money that happened over the last few months. The money wasted must have been
several thousand dollars, which may not seem like much, but it all adds up.
I'm sure half the money spent in our Socialized Health Care System is a total waste.
And So The Story Begins........
A neighbour I know was washing up some dishes about 4 months ago when a ceramic coffee cup chipped and put two shards into the skin between his thumb
They were deep enough that he couldn't tweezer them out, but they didn't hurt, so he just left them there.
About two months later he had some swelling so he went to his family doctor.
The doctor gave him a course of antibiotics and an appointment for 2 weeks later. Over that time it became worse, to the point that he couldn't pinch
his thumb and forefinger together.
After his second visit the doctor he was sent for an x-ray of the hand at a local hospital.
I think they took 3 pictures from different angles. (not sure ?)
He waited almost a month for his next doctors appointment to see the results of the x-rays, and it only proved that he had shards of ceramic in his
His family doctor then decided to send him to a specialist at another hospital to have the shards removed, but that was another month away.
Then today he saw his doctor again because the area was becoming infected again, and the two areas where the shards were had become inflamed.
The doctor gave him another course of antibiotics, but being short of cash he came to me to borrow $14.00 bucks for the pills.
I took one look at his hand, cleaned my hands and put on sterile gloves.
I cleaned the area on his hands with hydrogen peroxide, lanced the two infected areas, and removed the shards with a needle and tweezer.
Total time, ten minutes, and it restored pain free mobility in his hand.
I told him to keep the area clean and dry, wash his hand frequently, and see a doctor if it becomes inflamed again.
He also doesn't need to take a day off work to go to a specialist to have them removed.
WHY THE HELL COULDN'T HIS DOCTOR DO THAT ON THE FIRST VISIT.
A very sad story of waste, but totally true.......:shk:
It now costs thousands of dollars to have a sliver removed from your hand in Canada.