So, my mom and I went on a dream trip, which turned into a bit of a nightmare when she got pretty sick. We were in the U.S., so we were hesitant to seek medical care at first, but we were covered by insurance, and my mom was getting worse.
We go to an urgent care centre – center, as it were.
ME: “How long will we have to wait?”
RECEPTIONIST: “Zero minutes.”
ME: “Sorry, I guess I don’t speak American English. What’s zero minutes?”
RECEPTIONIST: “Oh, I mean the doctor will see your mom right now.”
Not only did my mom receive incredible care, but American medicine also fixed a separate issue that had been evading Canadian doctors. Interesting, how we can take my dad to an emergency in Canada, with an aneurysm in his arm, only to be sent home after a 13-hour wait, but in the U.S., my mom receives immediate care that was completely covered by insurance. (And though my mom will be okay, she is always amazing.)
Now I ask you, it it time that we introduce more private health care options in Canada? Opening the phone lines at 1pm: 204.780.6868.
Of note, a new report on the state of Canada’s health care stresses that we need to find solutions for its improvement, or it will not be sustainable.