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Several Points Worth Reading About Healthcare in CanadaAmanda Leduc Salem-News.com
Prescription drug prices are completely outrageous--to the point that people have to juggle between rent, food, bills or the medication that they desperately need. I don’t understand why Americans are so afraid of socialized medicine.
(SALEM, Ore.) - I am a Canadian citizen living in Oregon as a legal resident alien. I moved to the states with my parents when I was eight years old. All of my family still lives in Canada and receives their medical treatment there.
I would like to share my first-hand experience with the Canadian and U.S. medical systems.
Now, my mother was a single parent of three children. When I was five I broke my arm. She took me to see our family doctor (who had been her doctor, delivered both my sisters and I, and cared for us as we grew) and had my arm set and casted. When I was seven I fell off of a two story balcony and gave myself a terrible concussion. My mother took me to the hospital where I was admitted and stayed THREE days just to be monitored to make sure that my brain was alright.
If we had been in the United States, both of these childhood accidents would have been financially and emotionally crippling for my mother (even if we had private insurance she would not have been able to afford the co-pays). Also, an American hospital probably would have checked me out after my fall, informed my mother I had a concussion and sent us on our way leaving her responsible to monitor me.
Statements have been made that the Canadian medical system is less advanced than the American medical system, but I would have to disagree. My Grandmother had two angioplasties performed in Canada and had a stent placed in her heart. All of these surgeries were incredibly successful. She never had any complications that caused her to return to the hospital and it did not cost her anything.
My grandfather as well has had several major surgeries in Canada that have been completely successful.
He has had both hips replaced, both knees replaced and recently spent almost four weeks in the hospital being treated for stomach issues. If he had been in the United States he most definitely would have been released from the hospital because of an inability to pay for his treatment. Unlike the United States, the Canadian medical system is designed to give patients the care that they need regardless of their ability to pay.
My experiences in the United States have been nothing less than nightmares! About two years ago I hemorrhaged and lost almost half of my blood. I nearly died. I was treated at the hospital to stop the bleeding and then sent home to follow up with my General Practitioner in a few days.
A month later I began to bleed heavily again and was taken to the hospital. When I arrived at the hospital (in a wheelchair and fainting from my blood loss) I was instructed to fill out some forms and wait for triage. When my boyfriend approached the woman at the counter and tried to explain my situation (that I was literally bleeding to death in the waiting room) she explained to him that I needed to wait for triage and that he must calm down or she would have to call security.
I accepted that I was going to die in the emergency room waiting room. Luckily, I did not die but this was a terrifying and humiliating experience for me. Again, I was treated and released the same day with instructions to visit my regular doctor for a check up in a few days. On top of it all I ended up with about $1500.00 worth of debt for my treatment after what my insurance covered (which I paid about $200.00 a month for).
I could go on and on with horror stories from myself, friends and family but I think I will get to my point. As someone who has experienced both sides of this issue, I would have to say that Canada’s healthcare system is by far superior to America’s.
American Doctors seem to have little compassion for their patients and just want to get you out the door as soon as possible.
Preventative and follow-up care is basically non-existent.
Prescription drug prices are completely outrageous--to the point that people have to juggle between rent, food, bills or the medication that they desperately need. I don’t understand why Americans are so afraid of socialized medicine, but I think anyone who is skeptical should take a trip to Canada and find out first hand what it is all about!
This article is a response to a Salem-News.com article published the previous day: Oh Canada... Healthcare on a Level With Europe - Dexter Phoenix Salem-News.com
And that article was a response to another Salem-News.com article that you might want to check out: The Canadian Health Care Edge - Daniel Johnson Salem-News.com
Amanda Leduc is Originally from B.C., Canada. She moved to the United States in 1992, and has always had a passion for writing, animals and the environment. Amanda has worked in customer service, Veterinary Clinics and for a local Animal Shelter. She hopes to use these skills as a writer and her passion for animals and the environment to spread the word about the pet over-population epidemic in our community and across the country. She also hopes to address environmental issues locally and nationally, especially the decline in native species due to habitat destruction and invasive species. Amanda is currently studying to complete an Associates of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology.
You can write to Amanda through our newsroom email address, email@example.com
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