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Canada’s Half-Assed Approach To Health Care Needs To Change

Misty Rae
4 min readAug 16, 2022


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One of the things I’m most proud of as a Canadian is our medicare system. Free health care for all! Well, not free, it’s taxpayer-funded, and our taxes are high, but still, we can walk into an emergency room anywhere, anytime without the fear of a large bill. We can get operations, really big ones, without losing our homes.

And one of the things I’m most ashamed of as a Canadian is our medicare system. It’s failing and failing badly. There have been issues for a long time, but they’ve been swept under the rug. The thing is, it’s hard to hide an elephant under a rug and not trip over it.

People are falling through the cracks. People are dying, I mean literally dying, as in ceasing to live, in over-taxed emergency rooms and long waiting lists as they wait for someone, anyone, to care.

In my home province of New Brunswick, a recent death occurred in the waiting room of ER of the capital city:

Before that a beautiful teenager committed suicide after desperately trying to seek help:

These are just a few of the stories from across the country about people the so-called universal system is failing.

I have a good friend right now whose mother was discharged from the hospital after a mild heart attack. She was discharged from the hospital with strict instructions that she be closely monitored for various issues with her lungs, heart, etc. by her family doc. Oh, but wait, she doesn’t have a family doctor.

Why? Because there’s a shortage here and as of 2019, 4.6 million Canadians were without a family physician (source…



Misty Rae

6X Top Writer. Former legal eagle. Wife, mother, nature lover, chef, writer and all-around free spirit .

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