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I’ve recently moved to Canada having spent the past few years in the USA I had forgotten just what the medical experience was like.

I was raised in Alberta, and back in the day when I was a young person, we had excellent health care compared to many countries, but then…the budget was slashed, and slashed and slashed…..so now days…it’s not all it’s chalked up to be.

I watched as my friends elderly parent/grandparent slowly lost hrs of support and in home care services, their much needed oxygen, and many of their prescription drugs.

My own grandfather went thru some of that when he lived with me…it was horrible.

We lost many or most of our world renowned surgeons and specialists, and many many good nurses to the USA because they were not getting the money or the hours they needed here any longer.

Also, having spoken with Dr’s and Nurses as well as physical theoropists that had relocated to the States, they all pretty much said the same thing.

The Canadian healthcare system does not allow for advancement in the area of medicine, in many cases the machinery is outdated so bad, and in the case of the physical theropist, she said when she went up to visit with the people she worked with 15 years before in Toronto, they were still doing things the same way they were then, and not advancing in any direction, while she had been given more education, and kept up to date on the new technics, new equiptment etc etc in the states…and it goes on and on.

Anyhow…this all came up as I had to visit a Dr Yesterday as I needed a perscription for Albuteral (rescue inhaler) for my asthma. I’ve been lazy and not applied for the health care yet, so I had to pay for the visit…58.00 to be exact. Well the price was amazing to me as the most I’d ever paid for a Dr Visit was around 35.00 without insurance in the states.

Well, the Dr came in…a women in her 60’s I’m sure (which is fine), and she sat down, asked what I wanted…I told her I was needing some albuteral for my asthma, and she eyed me like I perhaps was a criminal…LOL…looking for an adrenalin rush to pass the time.

Then she decided I was ok when I told her I only had to use it once or twice a week…and wrote out the perscription…in less then 5 min…no health questions, no health history taken, no concerns or suggestions around my asthma which can be fatal, a very serious ailment really.

OK…so I let that go, but had told her that for 58.00 I was going to ask her some other questions…and when she got up to go to the door…less then 5 minutes after she entered…I stopped her and proceeded to ask her about birth control alternatives…that had nothing to do with latex as I’m allergic…she was annoied.

You know it was almost to the point of her screaming out…why do you even need this…you are middle aged…this should not be a concern…(I guess we aren’t supposed to be having sex after 40?!)

Anyway…she started telling me no to the alternatives, and then walked out with me trailing while she went thru a list of contriceptive devices that were all latex based…in front of the waiting patients!!!

So for 58.00 in Canada…at a walk in clinic…I received approximatly 7 min time of a Dr. who in my opinion didn’t do her job…and got what I went in to get…still I was discusted.

The Pharmasist at the Shoppers Drug mart gave me a once over though…spent almost 10 min questioning me on why I was not using certain asthma medications for prevention, and making darn sure I knew how to use the Albuteral…and I only bought a 22.oo item from him…amazing.

In the USA on the other hand…with no insurance, I never spent less then 15 min with a Dr as he/she made sure they understood my history, and asked probing questions and administered appropriate tests for any ail ment I’d have…and it was cheaper too…sheesh.

Now saying all of that…the USA Healthcare system need some radical changes made to it…but my hope is that once that happens…the Dr’s will remain caring concerned individuals and not end up being lumps that hand out perscriptions with out a health history.

Anyhow…I can go on, but it’s late so I won’t.

Peace…Love

Shannix

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