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Aug. 10th, 2009

06:37 am - Healthcare Anyone?

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I am tackling an extremely serious topic today. I'm amazed and disappointed when I read that so many people are angry and fearful of Obama's proposed healthcare plan. We have an absolutely unworkable healthcare system, and people for some reason are scared to death about changing it. Not only is our system unworkable, it is WRONG and CORRUPT. It needs to be changed. Can't people see this?? Are most people delighted with the healthcare they receive and the price they pay for it? I'm incredulous that this debate is even going on. My Canadian daughter-in-law, Maya, sings praises for the universal healthcare system she was raised with. She finds it stressful to live in a country where going to the doctor or having insurance is mostly unaffordable. She says that in Canada, and to me this is amazing, you can get ANY kind of treatment for FREE. The docs work together. If you need accupuncture, chiropractic, massage, or any other treatment that is alternative to allopathic medicine, your MD sends you there. And everything is FREE. Of course, it's paid for by high taxes. But, no one has to sell their house, wipe out their entire bank account, lose all their assets, or are deeply indebted for life because they have an expensive medical emergency. Everyone is taken care of without charge. Period. Sounds good and fair to me. In my opinion, being able to go to a doctor without concern for cost should be a basic human right.

Here is my solution to our corrupt and broken healthcare system. I don't use it. True, I did have a medical emergency 15 years ago. But, I've learned alot since then, and I don't plan to repeat that experience. I've taken my health into my own hands. I am now my own doctor. I refuse to participate in a corrupt medical system that I don't trust. Instead, I will do my best to keep myself healthy and out of hospitals and doctor's offices. That is my most important responsibility. If that means I die younger than my peers who are keeping themselves alive with medications and surgeries, so be it. I'm not afraid to die. But, I am committed to good health. And that means every level of health: emotional health, mental health, spiritual health... they all contribute to how well my body works. This is my healthcare plan. No debates necessary.

Despite being a bit exasperated with much of the public reactions, I feel somewhat removed from the healthcare debate. That must be because it doesn't seem to apply to me. They are arguing about allopathic care, and that is not my system of choice. So, even if allopathic care was free in this country, I would still avoid it. I WOULD use alternative care, if it were available. If Obama could swing that, I would be thrilled. But, he can't even get these frightened people to agree to more affordable allopathic care. I just don't get it. (By the way, if you want to know and understand what's really being proposed by our president, listen to HIM. Don't listen to his opponants emotional interpretations of what he says. Obama is very clear, calm, and sane. Don't listen to "sound bites" on the news that are taken out of context. Go to CNN and listen to every speech in its entirety. Then make up YOUR OWN MIND whether you like what he has to say. Please. This is the responsible way to be a participating citizen of our country.)

The healthcare fiasco is just another example of why I seem to continually march to a different drum. I can't bring myself to participate in something that seems wrong to me. I have to go with what looks and feels right to me. I have to follow my inner voice.

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From:flavorgirl
Date:August 11th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
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err, i think i need to set the record straight a bit. while i am proud of my canadian heritage and am extremely grateful for the care i received when i lived there, i think i've been slightly misrepresented in this blog entry. the canadian health care system, like any system, has it's share of problems. since i haven't lived there in 10 years, i don't feel authorized to talk to much about what the problems are, or what is and is not covered in terms of alternative medicine, but maybe my mum or sister in-law can fill us in.
i do know that some of the care i got for free had to do with an 'extended care' plan that was provided through my mom's employer, i'm pretty sure glasses were in this catagory, but i think up to 12 massages a year were covered by my basic BC health care with a doctors referral. i know i had a co-pay for chiropractic visits... again, i'm not sure about the details since i was a kid at the time.
i am certainly in favor of a public health care system in this country. having a system like canada's could be a great start, but health care in canada is still far from utopian.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 11th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Maya, I was just going to reply when I saw your message. The universal healthcare plan here covers all doctor visits, including procedures and testing (lab, x-rays ect.) and hospital stays 100%. For low income people medications, supplies, and some alternative healthcare is also covered. Most people working for large companies or in the public sector get "Extended Care" coverage through their employer. In my case that covers 100% of all medications, unlimited physio therapy and massage (yes, there were times when I had a two hour massage every week!), $250 a year for glasses, upgrade for hospital stays to private rooms, and varying annual ceilings for chiropractor, naturopathic physicians, Chinese medicine doctors, psychologists... Since I have been on long term disability for the last few years I'm able to continue this extended care through my employer by paying the monthly fees myself. That is about $140 US and also covers dental (50% crowns and bridges, 80% regular work and cleaning and x-rays), and a $100,000 life insurance, well worth it for me. The draw back to our system is that there are long waiting times for some procedures, surgeries and specialists when the illness isn't life threatening. A committed family physician making the referal, as ours, is sometimes able to influence that.
I feel very fortunate to live here and have the options of treatment available to me without worrying about the cost, even if at times I might have to wait. Good luck, southern neighbours!
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 11th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
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Sorry, I didn't mean to go anonymous, it's Willow, Maya's mom.
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From:flavorgirl
Date:August 11th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
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mum, all that 'alternative' stuff you mentioned -massage, chiropractic, etc, is that just covered by your extended care, or can somebody who's self employed or something get that type of thing covered too. does universal care cover home birth?
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From:lestermom
Date:August 11th, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
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Thanks Maya and Willow! I appreciate the clarification. Even with the corrections, the plan sounds great to me. Willow, how much do you Canadians pay in taxes? I'm sure everyone wants to know!
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