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Canadians: Do you think your healthcare system works well?

Please only answer if you live in Canada. Do you have long waits for care? Do you receive the care you need when you need it? When your doctor prescribes tests, treatments, medication, are they readily available to you?

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looselylucid

Asked by looselylucid at 11:32 AM on Jul. 19, 2009 in Health

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  • I do live in Canada, in Winnipeg (a very remote city). You don't have to wait long at all for regular emergency room care if your smart. If you go to the downtown hospital on Friday at midnight sure there will be a lot of drunks and so on but if you go to just about any other one there will be less than 10 other people there. The issue here is for specialized care. My father in law is deaf and needs to go to a hospital about 12 hours drive away when he needs his hearing implants checked. Because our city is not large and far away from other cities we don't have a lot of specialists here.

    For the average person you get care easily when you need it, there are lots of walk in clinics or you can go to to the same family doctor when you want to. There is something really neat here that a lot of people don't know about. If you just move to a new place you can call any doctor there and ask them for the number for the...
    Noworktodo

    Answer by Noworktodo at 11:37 AM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • service to help you get a doctor. When you call it they will ask you whereabouts you live and tell you which doctors are taking new patients so you can always find a family doctor. People say there are not enough doctors but it is mainly because they don't know how to use the system well which is a completely different problem.

    Most tests and treatments here are available quickly and easily withing a week or two, like I said before hte only issue here because we are so isolated is if you need something very specialized you might have to go to a larger city but I think that is the same everywhere.

    Sorry if that was way more info than you were looking for.
    Noworktodo

    Answer by Noworktodo at 11:40 AM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • that's exactly the info I was looking for. Thank you. Also, here in the US, if you live in a remote area you would have the same problem. I would assume that is pretty much everywhere in the world. People who live in high population areas will have more access to all services, not just healthcare. thank you for your answer!
    looselylucid

    Answer by looselylucid at 11:45 AM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • this is the kind of health care WE NEED! Obama should take a look at Canada and learn from them!!!

    krazi_beautyful

    Answer by krazi_beautyful at 3:22 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

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