Early last week a man I have known for about 10 years went in for surgery in Calgary. After the surgery, he suffered a heart attack. He has been stuck in Calgary for over a week waiting for bypass surgery. Waiting? I'm sorry - what? Why is he waiting? He had a heart attack, he was already in the hospital, already had a surgery and was recovering well until a heart attack cropped up - so why is he waiting?
Oh wait, he was supposed to have surgery on Friday, was prepped for it on Thursday, but guess what? He didn't get it because an emergency case came in where the man was worse off than the man I know. Okay - that's good, get the dire emergency case out of the way... But here we are on Monday and the first man still has not had his surgery. You could say it's not an emergency because he is obviously surviving so far without it - but he cannot go home. He is medically advised to wait for surgery (which should be this Thursday now), and then stay in for another week afterwards. How is this not 'rationing'? We do not have the staff on hand to provide healthcare to a businessman who has been paying into the system for 40+ years? He paid his premiums every month until they were stopped a year ago by the Province. He paid personal and business taxes all this time - and he sits on his butt waiting because there is not enough staff employed to give him what he needs in due time. Wow. What is that all about?
Is it not rationing if you keep getting bumped, do not receive your surgery for a HEART BYPASS after suffering a heart attack, and keep waiting endlessly? What is it called then? Be glad you're not dead and just be happy with your care and we will get around to you sooner or later?