To the Editor: He has more confidence in Canadian health care
Written by Henry Farmery   
Wednesday, 02 September 2009 09:04
I am a Canadian living and working in the United States. A while ago I was admitted to a local Toledo area hospital with a serious illness that kept me in for several days. I was discharged with no explanation of my condition and no instructions as to how to look after myself when I left. I have since learned that a significant number of patients with my condition suffer a stroke within two weeks of leaving the hospital if they don't take certain precautions.
A week and a half after being discharged I suffered a stroke. I took myself to a local doctor who examined me and determined that my medication was to blame for the way I felt. (He did not recognize a stroke.) I went back to him when I was sure something else was wrong and he became quite annoyed that I had not given his new treatment a fair chance to work. He sent me out of his office without an examination.
Fortunately I have a loving wife and two wonderful sisters back in the Toronto area who were very concerned about my treatment. My sisters drove to Toledo, removed me from my apartment and drove me back to Toronto. They took me directly to an emergency ward of a Toronto hospital. Within ten minutes my stroke was diagnosed, I was admitted and put in a bed and my treatment was started. What should have been a relatively quick recovery had I been diagnosed correctly became several months of rehabilitation. (Something I doubt I would have received in the U.S.)
From my experience I must say I have much more confidence in the Canadian health care system than I do the American.
There is much discussion and misinformation (lies?) around health care reform. Please, please don't miss this opportunity to adopt some sort of universal health care, your people need it.
Henry Farmery

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