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Comment by Brianna Starfish on November 19, 2010 at 5:47pm
@Rudy: I actually have a really good doctor now that I just got in the last year. I was very lucky! There are NO doctors at all accepting patients in our town! I've lived here for 6 years and I just got a good doctor! My doctor is good, but he's so overbooked that I rarely get an appointment within 2 weeks. I don't feel like it's the doctors fault for all of this, I think it's the patients who abuse the system!
Comment by Rudy V Kiist on November 19, 2010 at 5:02pm
@Brianna...get a different doctor. I live in small town rural AB and have a great doc. Takes a week or 2 to get in to see her and if it's an emergency MUCH quicker. Also, some doctors are simply willing to fight for you more. No matter, they are all human and some are better than others...and some simply blame healthcare instead of standing up for your rights and doing their job properly. Don't be afraid to look around and "shop" for the right one. Anyways, wrong forum for this, so I'll just shut-up now (^_^).
Comment by Aiden on November 19, 2010 at 4:51pm

Comment by sk8eycat on November 19, 2010 at 3:56pm
@ Susan Stanko - Sorry, I don't know where that originated. It was forwarded by a friend who gets things from friends all over the world, and they rarely include sources or links.

I think the majority of the Pee Tarts are more incensed at Pres. Obama's skin color than they are about the skimpy medical coverage bill that was finally passed. I am 71, and have MediCare only, I pay a monthly premium for Part B, refused to apply for Part D (prescriptions) because it's a fraud...a benefit for Big Pharma because they are obligated to provide certain medications gratis for patients with income under the Poverty Level.

I had some high out-of-pocket expenses when I had back surgery a year and a half ago, but I'd rather deal with that than all these opportunistic Supplemental Insurance companies that have sprung up. They're just glorified HMOs...all they care about is their stockholders.

Some friends of mine have belonged to Kaiser all their working lives, and have just slammed into the "benign neglect" policy that all HMOs "provide" for their clients once they retire. One of them is dying of a cancer that could have been treated easily, or removed, when it was first diagnosed, but the Big K fiddled around, stalled, and prescribed useless meds until the tumor went into metastasis and invaded his lymph nodes. Grim.
Comment by Jas Brimstone on November 19, 2010 at 3:43pm
Just to bring back the (semi) humorous, but still remain on topic. In reference to the second half of Aaron's post below:

Q: What do you call the guy who graduated medical school at the bottom of his class?

A: Doctor.
Comment by Brianna Starfish on November 19, 2010 at 2:46pm
@ Joseph P: I think you missed what I wrote. I don't live in a country which has private healthcare, or that is governed by Obama.

@Aaron: I live in Alberta. I live in what is technically a "city" with 54, 000ish people, but we only have one tiny hospital. There was one instance where I really should've been hospitalized (even the doctors said that. I won't go in to detail what it was about), but they kept me in the E.R. for a couple hours, bandaged me up, and sent me home, because they didn't have any beds. Another time I had a seizure so I went to the hospital, and they were going to send me home again, but then I puked all over their floor, so they made me stay and do some tests. Turns out I had a pretty serious infection. I had been going to the clinic (because there were no doctors accepting patients at that time) for months about some stomach pains I had been having, and I recieved no help for my stomach pains until I had said seizure as a result.
Comment by Aaron S. (USA) on November 19, 2010 at 2:15pm
Where in Canada do you live, exactly? From what I've heard, a major problem specific to Canadian healthcare is that there are so many huge swathes of your territory that are so low density that some expensive equipment isn't justified (since it might only service a few dozen or hundred people) or that small hospitals can get occasionally swamped due to statistical fluctuations in need. Issues like that don't occur as often in more dense areas because you get a more consistent flow of traffic and because a multi-million dollar piece of equipment can be used to satisfy the needs of a much larger population.

Also, I think it's important to bear in mind that Canada spends only a tiny fraction on healthcare compared to what America spends. If your country doubled its spending, you'd probably be able to get better care (although it should be noted that Canada *does* still get better care than the USA, even on its lower budget).

You could probably do that, at least to a degree - Britain, for example, has free public healthcare, but also allows private convenience care clinics for those that are willing to spend a little extra to skip through the waiting lists. One issue to bear in mind, however, is that when you mix public and private systems, the private systems tend to skip the cream of the crop while the public system takes the underachievers because the public system just is that - public - and has to take everyone regardless of their qualifications. So, at bare minimum you'd have to require that *everyone* pay for the public option whether they use it or not, which in the USA is going to get a whole lot of gripes. In practice, Americans tend not to be able to get public mandates through the legislative process, so the public alternatives' funding dries up until the system has to be canceled, and then you're left with a system that works if you're rich, and no system at all (or at least a poorly-functioning one) if you're poor.

So, it'd be nice to get a mix of the two, but it's very difficult to get most Americans to pay for something that they don't intend to use, and most Americans don't intend to use a public healthcare system (despite that fact that virtually every country that uses one gets better healthcare for less money...).
Comment by Joseph P on November 19, 2010 at 2:11pm
Obama isn't trying to take away your private healthcare, Brianna.
Comment by Brianna Starfish on November 19, 2010 at 2:00pm
I think that could work. My problem is that I have a lot of health problems, so I'd like the kind of attention I'd get with private healthcare, but I can see it costing way too much for me for my medication and the amount I have to see a doctor!!
Comment by Brianna Starfish on November 19, 2010 at 1:39pm
I don't think teabaggers are really against public healthcare for that reason. I think they just want to keep government out of health care. Think about it - in the offchance that Sarah Palin wins the election, is that someone you'd really want in charge of your hospitals?
As someone in a country with public healthcare, I'm not really for it. I'm not against people having the privilege (not a right, I don't think that would be the correct word to use in this situation) of seeing a doctor when they are sick, don't get that idea. I'm just tired of having to book doctor's appointments weeks in advance, or waiting for up to 5 hours (yes I've waited that long) at a clinic when I DID need to see a doctor that day, or not getting the care I think people deserve because patients are always rushed through. I don't think healthcare should be free for everyone, but I definitely think it shouldn't cost as much as I hear it does in the states to see a doctor.

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