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Family emergency an eye-opening experience

Maybe we should spend less money on our roads too! The money saved perhaps could help make health care insurance affordable Having had to deal with my fathers recent medical emergency Ive developed a new appreciation for why we need affordable health insurance or government funded health care in this country. My father lives in Quebec, and so he was taken via ambulance to one hospital and quickly transferred to the Montreal Generals emergency trauma unit. The place is huge. Despite the fact that folks in the regular emergency treatment area were waiting up to four days for a bed, I could still see the major benefits of the Canadian Medicare system in action. Knowing how terribly worried we were just waiting to find out if my dad was going to make it, I cannot even imagine having to add the stress of wondering how we were going to pay the bill! And taking that a step further, just imagine the amount of the hospital bill, ambulance service, MRI, CAT Scans, blood work, tests, specialist and the medicines, and the list goes on and on. That was Thursday, my father is still in Montreal General, but he is now in one of their several ICU units, surrounded by what I consider to be an excellent team of doctors and nurses. I was amazed at how caring, dedicated and knowledgeable they are. So the next time I hear the argument that Quebec/Canadian healthcare is not up to par - and the classic you get what they give you, from people insinuating that the level of care is second-rate, Ill surely have to argue. How many off us get to pick and choose our emergency care physicians? I certainly feel that my father is receiving the best possible care in a state-of-the-art facility, regardless of his status or financial situation. And I know I can say the same for all the patients there.

I am not saying anything negative about the healthcare institutions or professionals here in the U.S., but we certainly need to find a way to make health care affordable to all. Period. The fact that so many people cannot afford decent health insurance in this country is just despicable! If you have an issue you would like to discuss or explore, write to Ann Hawksby, North Countryman, 21 McKinley Ave., Plattsburgh, NY, 12901, or send an e-mail to annie@denpubs.com. Please be sure to include your full name and telephone number for verification.

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