by Victoria Brewster, MSW
One only has to follow the Canadian news, read the local paper or talk to health professionals who will say Socialized Medicine or Medicare needs an overhaul.
While there are many benefits to socialized medicine, basics covered; check-ups, exams, tests or treatment are covered for all who are eligible for Medicare here in Canada, there are also drawbacks, like waitlists.
As I live in the Montreal area, the focus has been on cancer treatment particularly for breast cancer. Once a diagnosis is given, it could be weeks or months until treatment begins.
Imagine you are the one to receive the diagnosis. Would you wait weeks or months? I doubt it.
Many are turning to private clinics, private hospitals or turning to the U.S.A. for quick treatment. Many are willing to pay the money involved to do so.
How about medications? Some are covered and some are not. Imagine being a senior or older adult taking 4, 6 or 10 medications daily. The provincial government pays part or all depending on your income bracket and you as the patient are left with the balance. Medications can be very expensive and if you are living on a fixed income the choice might be medication, food or rent.
More needs to happen, more changes are needed and it should be equal across the provinces and territories.