Medical system in critical state: Needs immediate attention

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Individual health and health care system are the predominant topics of discussion in our province. Clearly, people are dissatisfied with the health care system of the province.

When a person is rushed in emergency, it means he or she needs immediate medical care, and not a Tylenol to pass time before doctor can see the patient.

Canada is at no. 11 among the OECD countries which is not a good symptom at all.  According to the report of Health Council of Canada only 31 to 46 per cent of Canadians, depending on the province, could get an appointment the same day or the next day, not including emergency department visits. Canada is in last place among all countries surveyed in this regard, with no improvement since 2004.Even people in the US have quicker access to their family doctors, with 48 per cent of those polled saying they could get a same-day or next-day appointment. Germany was listed as first in how quickly residents saw their doctors, at 76 per cent, followed by New Zealand at 72 per cent and Switzerland at 69 per cent.

While Canadians are getting a raw deal for their health care dollars, patients in Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland receive universal access to health care without long waiting periods.

It is the duty of  our local representatives to take our concerns and grievances  to the higher echelons of power and bring change to the medical care system. Healthy people have healthy minds, but constant pain, re-occurring medical condition with long waits to see specialists can convert a small medical problem into a bigger health issue apart from creating mental stress for affected individual, close family  and friends.

It’s high time that all three levels of government seriously look into the gaps that appear in delivery of excellent health care to the citizens and work efficiently and effectively to fill those gaps. We don’t want promises, proposals, plans. We want action. Canadians need real solutions, answers and care when a medical condition appears.