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Once a proud supporter of Canada’s social safety net, Heather Cook now wouldn’t mind seeing a little more free-market competition in her country. Maybe then she wouldn’t have to wait over a year to take her son to the doctor’s office.
I am the mother of a child with asthma. When my son had difficulty breathing randomly through the winter, I sought treatment. First I made an appointment with my doctor (2 week waiting time) so I could obtain a referral to a specialist. (In Canada you cannot just go to a specialist, you must get a referral from the gatekeepers: family doctors. Oh, and about 5 million Canadians don’t have one of those.) It took about six weeks for the specialist to get back to me with how long I’d have to wait for my son’s appointment: 12 months. Did I mention that periodically he couldn’t breathe?
Originally posted by benevolent tyrant
Yes, the Canadian Health Care System does have it's problems. But, on the whole, I would take the Canadian system every time.
The one area that Canada -- Ontario in particular -- has had difficulties with in recent years in a "doctor and nurse" shortage. This shortage is partly because of recruitment from the states for Drs and RNs. To stave off shortages of health care workers in the states, active recruitment with large financial incentives were made which, in effect, lured many professionals from Canada. This situation is being rectified in Canada. Now, with the Canadian dollar being at par or better, I'm sure that the situation will improve all that more.
Originally posted by BlueTriangle
The thing that I don't understand is that for every positive story I hear, such as yours, I hear a negative one to go with it. Does the quality of care vary geographically or what?
Originally posted by whaaa
The candidate with the greatest health plan gets my vote, Regardless of being Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or Green.