In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I discussed my health situation. And, our good, but broken socialized-medicine healthcare programme, here where I live in the Province of Ontario, Canada.
Before I say anything more, I would like to thank you for praying for healing for me. May God bless you!
Some people may think that the problem is due to the new insurance programme that has taken effect, by causing some family physicians to not help their patients who have had or require surgery, by not providing the care they need, out of the physicians fear of lawsuit(s).
In my opinion, this may be partly true. And, partly, not true.
In the bigger picture, I must say that people falling through the cracks of our healthcare system, is not something that has begun, recently. It's happened for many a year.
As I've written in the past, I've had other family members who have experienced problems within the healthcare system we have paid for through our taxation system, for many years, now.
Like my dad. He waited six and a half (6 1/2) years, to have by-pass surgery. And, died one (1) week, before he was finally scheduled to be taken into the operating room, in 1988.
How awful is that?!
Or, how about my husband, Gordon.
We had terrible problems trying to get medical testing done (MRI, to be sure!), to help determine what his health problem was. It actually took us several years!
Eventually, without help from our family physician, but rather through a physician who worshipped at our church, he was able to have the MRI done. That is, after begging our brother in the Lord, to arrange for the MRI, and letting him know that Gordon would never again ask him for more help.
Once the MRI happened, he was told he had to have more testing done, because they found he had a brain tumour.
Being in the centre of his head, sitting on the brain stem, we were told he could not have traditional surgery. We were told nothing could be done for him.
This wasn't the truth.
After researching on the internet, I found that there was Gamma-Knife (GK)and Cyber-Knife CK) Radio Surgery that could blast away the tumour. However, only GK was available in Canada.
Did he qualify? No.
Why not? Here in Canada, only a confirmed cancer patient can receive GK treatment.
Knowing that he couldn't have a biopsy done, for the same reason he couldn't have traditional surgery (because it would leave him a vegetable if anything was inserted into the tumour, due to it's location), meant that he couldn't qualify for the treatment.
Hey, we could have taken him outside Canada. China, India, and even just across the river to the Detroit, Michigan, USA area, had the treatment available.
Oh... But, no physician here in the Province of Ontario, that we had communicated with, would sign the papers to apply to our government healthcare system for permission to go outside our province.
So, instead of receiving treatment, and living. He died. In 2009.
And, people wonder why I don't agree with the way our medical system is operating, currently. Hmmm...
Take a walk in my shoes, and think about how you would feel.
This is one reason why I am concerned about the socialized-medicine system that is currently beginning, in USA. I realize that in the beginning, people probably won't run into the kind of problems we encounter here, in Canada.
However, once the system if fully operating, I believe it may lead to the people having similar problems, as we experience.
I must say, I am thankful for God's Word. In it, He told us to not put our faith in any man.
Just as He did, in Psalm 146:1-3, "Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul.
2 While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.
3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help."
Believe me when I say I have no faith in anyone working in our medical system.
Not family physicians, surgeons, or other specialists. Or, even many in other areas of medical care, like nursing and/or medical testing positions.
Just so you know, our system is set up so that we, as individuals cannot arrange appointments with specialists or surgeons, or even for testing. Not on our own. We must work through our family physicians, or walk-in clinic doctors, who are also limited in what they can do to help anyone.
The only other avenue available, is through the hospital Emergency Rooms (ER). Even then, if you are under the care of a specialist, or surgeon, you can be turned away.
So you see, I am not alone, concerning my need for medical treatment/care. The glass wall truly exists. Where we can see treatment, but we cannot access it.
How grateful I am that my Lord, Jesus Christ, is the Great Physician!
How thankful I am that by trusting in/believing upon Him, I have been saved. Saved from spending eternity in Hell.
How thankful I am that God told us to praise our Lord! Yes, we must praise Jesus!
And, I do. Always. Whether the situation in my life is good, not so good, or truly awful.
Hopefully, so. If not, I would suggest you read the New Testament portion of the Holy Bible.
May you be blessed by the reading of God's Word.
Until next time...
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