Fund It Or Fu*k It!
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:
Investigation of N.B. ER waiting room death complete, but not yet public
New Brunswick's Horizon Health Network says its own internal investigation of what led to a patient dying in an…
Before that a beautiful teenager committed suicide after desperately trying to seek help:
Suicide of Fredericton teen was preventable, provincial advocate finds | CBC News
Lexi Daken's death was preventable, says a newly released report on the 16-year-old Fredericton girl's death. "Having…
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…