Sunday, March 25, 2012

Health Care?

There was a time when you could say that Canada, specially the province of Ontario, had the best health care around.  Well, you can still say this, but it's not very true anymore.
There was a time, when OHIP {Ontario Health Insurance Plan}  covered everything {even a nice chunk of dental}  now, it doesn't even cover a cast.

The city of Thunder Bay, boasts one of the best medical programs around.   Yes, it's true we've got some state of the art equipment that only Toronto and Vancouver have in Canada, and we have a high amount of graduates from the medical program at our University.

But for what?
We're still understaffed.  What's the point of having the state of the art stuff if no one can afford the treatments?

The past few weeks have been a big eye opener for me.  I've dealt with nurses who shouldn't be nurses because they don't care; they're only in it for the $26 an hour.  I've had a game of phone tag with insurance because no one covers things like the leg brace I need to get.

And it's not just me who's complaining about certain things.  My sister worked for the home nursing companies in town as a receptionist, and on a daily basis had to deal with the home care workers slacking off.  One patient ended up dying because her care worker never bothered to show up.  I can not tell you how often my sister would come home from that job stressed and crying because of the attitudes some of the home care workers had.

Yes, I'm feeling like things in this place have gone to dren. Thunder Bay needs to get it's head out of it's ass.