In response to this post, I wrote a comment about living in fear that my pain meds will be taken away. Or that access to pain medication be taken away. OR that the pain medication that has kept me mostly comfortable will be changed as dictated by the government that said medication is too expensive, they won’t pay for it. This is not health care.
I follow all of Adrienne’s posts on the About.com Fibromyalgia section. I have since I was diagnosed in 2010. It’s an excellent resource and she writes about current happenings in regards to news about Fibromyalgia. Including new treatments and studies she has read.
Adrienne’s post about what happened when she first experienced that excruciating pain is nearly verbatim to what happened to me. The mind boggling chest pain that was not heart related, showed up in no test, nor any blood work. There was just no apparent reason for it. Later on it was decided I had costochondritis, but at the time it was very, very scary. 97DAUCDD3B43
As for Adrienne’s concern, I noted that doctors get paid on visits, not with phone calls. So if you are forced to physically go in to the office for refills or “follow ups” after already having agreed to a treatment, then you know your doctor is simply pumping the system to get more money. No wonder the doctor wants your ass in a seat in their office. That’s how they get paid.
IF you can, find another doctor. I don’t know about all the people who have already replied on that post, I don’t know how they think one can just go and “choose” another doctor. At least in Canada it doesn’t work that way!!
In Ontario for sure, you have to send in a letter and formally “fire” your doctor. After the Powers That Be receive your formal notification, and reply that they have, THEN you are “allowed” to look for another doctor.
Finding one to take you on, however, is another story. NO doctor I have spoken to wants to take on a chronic pain patient. So I am left to do as well as I can with the closest walk in clinic. I get very cursory and brisk treatment. Enough to find out what I want, process it, and get me out of there for another patient.
There is NOTHING personable about the health care I now “enjoy”. Since my doctor of some 7 years packed her bags and moved to Alberta – because of how health care in Ontario is going down the drain – I am now at the mercy of whoever I get in the walk in clinic. The expectation is that I should be glad to get any treatment at all.
This is not health care. This is health SCARE. Take what you can get and like it, or get nothing at all. Too bad for you, we’ve got better things to do than worry about how poorly Canadians are treated by “FREE” health care. We are all freeloaders just looking for a handout, after all.
I don’t feel that Canadian health care cares about me at all. Do you?
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