National Post columnist traumatized by having to wait his turn
Second-class health care for immigrants, seniors?
Publisher: Ulli Diemer / Radical Digressions
Date Written: 26/12/2006
Year Published: 2012 First Published: 2006
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX7927
Columnist thinks people with money should get quicker treatment in emergency rooms than people who are poor.
Abstract: 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.