National Post columnist traumatized by having to wait his turn
Second-class health care for immigrants, seniors?

Diemer, Ulli
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Date Written:  2006-12-26
Publisher:  Ulli Diemer / Radical Digressions
Year First Published:  {19283 National Post columnist traumatized by having to wait his turn NATIONAL POST COLUMNIST TRAUMATIZED BY HAVING TO WAIT HIS TURN Second-class health care for immigrants, seniors? Diemer, Ulli http://www.diemer.ca/Docs/Diemer-ColumnistTraumatized.htm Ulli Diemer / Radical Digressions Columnist thinks people with money should get quicker treatment in emergency rooms than people who are poor. 2006-12-26 2006 2012 UlliMooseLogo.jpg ART Article This particular horror story - Kay calls it his "run-in with the system" - begins when he shows up at his local hospital's emergency room with an infected knee. The trouble is with his left knee, he tells us - reinforcing his belief, no doubt, that anything on the left is unreliable and troublesome. The inefficient socialistic health care system sends him off for treatment within ten minutes - not too shabby, most of us might say - but it takes a lot more than efficiency and high-quality appropriate care to please a National Post columnist. Soon he is lying in a public hospital bed, intravenous clindamycin trickling through his veins, and thoughts about how much nicer a private hospital bed would be flooding through his brain. <br>Mr. Kay returns to the hospital the next day for a follow-up treatment, and this time - the horror! - he has to sit and wait before he's seen. In fact, he tells us, "all but the most acute cases" have to sit and wait their turn. There is - hard to believe, but it's true - no special queue for the affluent and the privileged. CX7927 1 false true false CX7927.htm [0xc000a0e000 0xc000687050 0xc000359e60 0xc000373920 0xc00038ca50 0xc00038d8f0 0xc0003a6630 0xc0003c2f90 0xc0004371d0 0xc000bd3e90 0xc00093f6e0 0xc000d96d20 0xc002498630 0xc0016d3cb0 0xc001fa16b0] Cx}
Year Published:  2012
Resource Type:  Article
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Columnist thinks people with money should get quicker treatment in emergency rooms than people who are poor.

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This particular horror story - Kay calls it his "run-in with the system" - begins when he shows up at his local hospital's emergency room with an infected knee. The trouble is with his left knee, he tells us - reinforcing his belief, no doubt, that anything on the left is unreliable and troublesome. The inefficient socialistic health care system sends him off for treatment within ten minutes - not too shabby, most of us might say - but it takes a lot more than efficiency and high-quality appropriate care to please a National Post columnist. Soon he is lying in a public hospital bed, intravenous clindamycin trickling through his veins, and thoughts about how much nicer a private hospital bed would be flooding through his brain.
Mr. Kay returns to the hospital the next day for a follow-up treatment, and this time - the horror! - he has to sit and wait before he's seen. In fact, he tells us, "all but the most acute cases" have to sit and wait their turn. There is - hard to believe, but it's true - no special queue for the affluent and the privileged.

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