During the previous summer, I was in Kingston visiting my parents. While there, my youngest daughter, Sophia (aged 3), was running in the house, tripped, fell down, and hit her forehead on the corner of a door. There was a small gash.  I dreaded going to the hospital because, having experienced long wait times before with our other kids, I knew the drill: wait for many hours before we get to see a doctor.  But I thought this would be different since she was bleeding and required, in my opinion, immediate attention.  Much to my unsurprise, however, we also “took a number”.  Apparently, to the hospital staff, my little daughter’s gash was not a big deal after all.  So we waited…and we waited…and we waited.  Four and half hours later, when the wound had already started to dry up and stabilize, we finally got to see a doctor.  The doctor cleaned up the wound, applied some gel, and slapped a bandaid on her.  He didn’t even give her a stitch.  It was too late for that.  I could see that he was apologetic, but that’s the way things are today in Canada’s health care system.  As I left with my wife, I remarked that we could have done the same damn thing he did, except save ourselves 5 hours in an emergency room on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.  I wouldn’t have minded waiting, if we had receive proper medical treatment which we did not.  To this day, my little one has a 1/4 inch scar on her forehead, and it will take years for it to go away (if it does go away).  For a lousy $100 or so, that scar did not have to be there.   But the health czars in this country demand that it be there in order to service their sick and twisted ideology which prohibits me from obtaining health care for my family.

That scar is a constant reminder to me of how pathetic our health care system is.  And it scares the shit out of me to think of what might happen when one of my kids really does need medical attention.  I can see a lot of people taking medicine into their own hands because, like the instances in this video, people just don’t even bother going to the clinics and emergency rooms anymore.  They just stay home and take their chances — all to serve a failed and corrupt moral and social utopia that is falling apart at the seams.  Socialized medicine does not ensure universal access. It ensures universal suffering — except for those rich Canadians who can afford to go to the U.S. for treatment (like Jack Layton).

5 Responses to “ObamaCare: Canadian Health Care, American Style”
  1. Susan says:

    Sorry about your little one. Cuts on the head always seem to bleed profusely. All that blood plus the nasty swelling that usually come with a bad bump on the bean makes things look much worse than what they are. Thankfully, our hospital emergency departments are trained in triage. It’s reassuring to know bumps on the noggin don’t take priority over a heart attack. Though our medical system does have flaws we still get very good health care. But I’m left with a question: Why didn’t you take your daughter to the neighborhood walk-in clinic? You would have gotten much faster service and not tied up the hospital emergency doctor.

  2. JohnP says:

    Walk-in clinic was closed on Sunday.
    :(

  3. Susan says:

    I was curious so I checked out ours here in Vancouver. Most of our walk-in clinics are open until 8:00 pm. I see the ones where you were in Kingston close much earlier at 4:30 pm on the weekends. That’s a tad inconvenient to say the least.

    As long as everything worked out well in the end and your little munchkin is doing well. Sure breaks your heart when the little ones get hurt.

  4. JohnP says:

    Thank Susan. She was fine in the end, but still the scar she obtained was totally unnecessary.

  5. AgnesB says:

    Dear John,

    I am sorry to hear about the angish you and your family endured hen your daughter was injured. I, too, have had to wait agonizing hours at emergency, to find out that my littlest one in the womb was not doing well at all. But at least I was not worried about the monetary cost of the visit and/or how much of it an insurance company would cover. When you post a commentary such as the one above, I would like to see your solution to the problem you see with our heath care system. And most, importantly, how you have seen it implemented elsewhere. Thank you for your follow-up.

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