I've heard so much philosophical yattering about American health care reform, and how "BAD" Canadian health care is, that I decided to share a personal story. You're free to share this if you think it is useful.
At Christmas, I fell, hit my head, and suffered a concussion. My wife took me to one of the hospitals in our city. (In Canadian health care, the patient gets to choose the hospital where she or he receives care.)
Over the space of about six hours,
• I had an initial workup by an emergency physician, which included a number of tests.
• I had a much more detailed workup by a neurological resident.
• I had two CT scans -- a "regular" one, and one after having been injected with a dye, so the radiologist could get a better look at some things. (The radiologist concluded that I did not have a "Natasha Richardson experience," though that might have been the case.)
• Then a further workup with a very experienced neurologist -- who followed up with the resident on the resident's work, and the neurologist's work, and ultimately gave me some recommendations as to what I should do. NO, he didn't give me a prescription for pills.
• And the hospital even gave me a sandwich, apple sauce, and a drink for lunch (since I was there over lunch time).
All that, and I didn't pay one penny.
That is typical Canadian health care, as I have experienced it as a patient, and read about it. That is how it is supposed to work. Sometimes things don't go as planned, but that "difficulty" happens in American hospitals, too.
So, what was "BAD" about my experience in Canadian health care?
Thank you, Rob-bear, for sharing your life history with us.