Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Prize...

If you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL) lately, you'll be aware that I've not only written about my health, but also my healthcare.  You'll also understand why I feel our good, but imperfect socialized healthcare system needs repair.

Some people don't believe politics has anything to do with it.  I disagree.

When I was younger, the government in power created a situation that I believed would lead to a shortage of physicians.  They limited the number of people who could enter medical school, by issuing a moratorium. 

Yes, government law prohibited those who wished to enter medical school to become doctors.  By doing this years ago, they created the current situation of our shortage of physicians.  In addition, we have a situation where due to a shortage of physicans, our doctors are overloaded. 

So, it seems that if something isn't immediately evident, with regard to someone's health, it is just passed over, thrown aside, to be forgotten by the professional, leaving the patient suffering, needlessly.  But, I believe something even worse.

Firstly, I must say that just because someone is intelligent, doesn't mean they are suitable for the job.  And, believe me, there are many out there who have what people would generally call, poor bedside manner.

But, of even more importance, is that there are some who may not have had the top marks, generally speaking to enter medical school, but had the heart and knowledge in the field of their desire.  The end result may be that those people who might have specialized in an area they felt led to do, but yet maybe weren't as good in every single subject in university, were refused entry into the education system.

In any case, with the current shortage of doctors that has plagued us over the past many years now, our government has changed somewhat.  In the past, physicians from other countries were not necessarily granted licence to work, here. 

Now, we have many doctors, who have been trained elsewhere in the world.  Why?  Because our government changed their position, by allowing people to practice medicine here in Canada, even though they weren't trained here.

No matter what the situation is, it seems that we the people, are the ones who lose out.  Look at what I discussed yesterday. 

Each and every doctor I saw concerning that health concern that plagued me for at least 14 years, was paid by our government, each and every time I saw them.  Did it matter to them, if they got to the root of the problem?  Obviously, not.

If the concern had been to actually find the root of the problem and deal with it, someone... any one of them, would have done so.  Did they?  No.

But, each one was happy to have at least seen me, so they could be paid by our government!  lol   If I don't laugh, I'll cry.  :(

It makes me sad to think how many people like me, have suffered in this way.  I know for sure my now deceased husband Gordon, did.

After all, when a person doesn't get adequate medical care, they suffer.

My dad always commented with remarks about doctors and our medical system, with phrases like, "They don't call it a practice, for nothing.  They don't have to worry.  They bury their mistakes."  To me, his remarks were truthful.  Hey, at least this is one thing I can say I agree with my dad about! 

No matter the situation, or concern, the fact is there is nothing that I or anyone else, as an inidividual, can do about it.  We do not have any control.  Not over our governmental issues.  And, certainly not over our healthcare and medical needs.

Now, you probably understand better why I look to God for everything concerning my health.  People let us down.  Governments let us down.  But, God never does.

It's for this reason that I cling to Philippians 3:14, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

Onward, I will go.  Pressing on.  Trusting that my Great Physician will provide healing for me.

Once again, I thank you for praying for me.  May God bless you.

Until next time...

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