posted on Aug, 1 2011 @ 02:19 PM
Originally posted by kro32
Here you go straight from a Canadian woman:
Our Soviet-style emergency rooms have waiting rooms equipped with hard metal chairs, vending machines that sell junk food, and maybe a television
in one corner. There is no access to any medical equipment, beds, or even stretchers. In the emergency room everyone passes through triage and is
given a code based on a nurse’s cursory evaluation of their affliction. If you are not satisfied with the "care" that is provided there is nowhere
else to go, except to an American hospital if you are close enough to the border and can afford to pay cash. Canadians know that if you call an
ambulance you can bypass the 10–12 hour wait in the emergency room, but this drives up the costs of healthcare even further.
That story is BS.
I've never been in a Cdn hospital that sounds like the one above. I was raised in Vancouver, had my son in the Lion's Gate Hospital in North Van,
and it was nothing like above. It was nice, the care was good, although the food was horrible. We do have medical equipment up here, we're far from a
third world country.
I've never had a bad experience, Lions Gate used to have long wait times on Fridays or Saturdays in emergency, but if you're in really rough shape
they get you in right away. Vancouver is a busy place, of course there's going to be wait times in emergency. I've never seen more than 4 hours
though, and most of those people didn't even need to be there, they could have waited and seen their doctor the next day - injuries from bar fights
and similar stuff.
No access to beds or stretchers? We don't treat people on the floor
Hard metal chairs, I guess that would depend on the hospital, I have seen plastic, which makes sense, it's easily washable every day. Any hospital
I've been to up here is really big on cleanliness.
Ambulances here don't have anything to do with the cost of healthcare, they bill the patient separately. People can purchase extra insurance up here
that covers the cost of the ambulance, among other things.