When I needed it most, Canada’s Health Care System was there for me. At the time I was a self-employed, single parent dealing with the financial fallout of a divorce. The care needed to combat Guillain Barre Syndrome cost me $400. Yes, $400! And whatever anyone may say or think they have heard about delays and queues, I received hospital treatment immediately on 2 occasions. The care I received as Guillain Barre "presented" was equally prompt and caring: my family doctor fitted me in with "no" notice several times and arranged for me to see various specialists "the next day" (to test for myriad conditions); my attending neurologist (whom I'd known since Grade 1) could barely mask his concern as he performed nerve-conduction testing; and my favorite was the incredibly humble Chief Neurologist who read from the textbook so I'd grasp the full extent and rarity of what I was facing and who, while on rounds, cared enough to come into my room overnight to turn down the thermostat knowing I was susceptible to night sweats.
Thus, I remain incredibly grateful for the intervention of western medicine (including a pharmaceutical product) when it was needed. Without that intervention I might have needed a wheelchair for much more than a trip to Horton’s. I’m glad, lucky, blessed I’ll never know just how much longer that might have been.
The Elephant in the Room: But is there room for improvement? Of course there is. My second hospitalization was for an adverse drug reaction to a prescription drug used as prescribed - to treat an infected intravenous site. Additionally, when I was sent home there was little plan for full recovery and no access to cellular-health technologies that could have accelerated my recovery.
Twenty (20) years later it doesn't seem like that has changed all that much. Until the political (and other) will is found to truly address the "Elephant in the Room" of over-reliance on prescription drugs it is likely:
The other likely continuance is the reflex response (of some Canadians) who when faced with the need to improve Canada's health care system say: at least we are better than the US. Of course both Countries mirror these same circumstances. Indeed, the US is the only Country that spends more per capita than Canada on prescription drugs, 400,000 Americans die each year from medical error (3rd leading cause of death) and 106,000 Americans die from adverse reactions to prescription drugs taken as prescribed (4th leading cause of death).
Toward healthier Canadian and US Populations: I know from my own experience and, that of countless others, that cellular-health technologies like high-powered Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy are part of the answer to creating healthier populations. And whether you work with me or someone else I genuinely hope you gain access to these tools. The upside for you and, depending on your circumstance and actions taken - (potentially) your family, patients, clients, athletes, players, employees will be measured in both years and quality of life.
If enough people get focused on restoring their cellular-health perhaps we can start narrowing the gap between the effectiveness and efficiency of health care in Canada and the US compared to the world. I would have said North America but (according to the 2014 Bloomberg Report on the World’s Most Efficient Health Care Systems) that would do an injustice to Mexico.
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