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October 19, 2007

Your Canadian Health Care System at work

Usually acute cases are dealt with well in the Canadian system. It's only the chronic cases that can be pushed onto waiting lists that are the problem. But acute care is starting to suffer too:

- Thursday Oct. 11, 11 p.m. -- Dany Bureau starts to feel pains in his stomach. He goes to sleep thinking he just has a stomach ache.

- Friday Oct. 12, 3 p.m. -- Since the pain has not gone away, Mr. Bureau and his mother go to the Wakefield hospital to have him checked out.

- At Wakefield's Gatineau Memorial hospital, a doctor determines that there is a problem with Mr. Bureau's appendix. Calls are made to hospitals in Hull, Gatineau, Maniwaki, Buckingham and Ottawa to find a surgeon. A surgeon cannot be found.

- 8:25 p.m. -- Robert Bureau, Dany's father, receives a call informing him that a surgeon is available at the Montreal General Hospital.

- 8:30 p.m. -- Mr. Bureau leaves his home in Aylmer for Montreal.

- 8:37 p.m. -- The ambulance leaves Wakefield hospital with Mr. Bureau.

- 10:45 p.m. -- Robert Bureau arrives at the Montreal General Hospital.

- Saturday, Oct. 13, 12:15 a.m. -- The ambulance with Dany Bureau arrives at the Montreal General Hospital after missing the D├ęcarie exit and then mistakenly unloading him at the Montreal Children's Hospital. The surgeon who had been awaiting Dany Bureau's arrival has since become occupied with another trauma case.

- 9:50 p.m. -- Dany Bureau is taken in for surgery

- Oct. 14, 12:10 a.m. -- The surgeon who operated on Dany Bureau tells his father that his appendix had burst and that he had developed peritonitis. As a result, he is hospitalized for several days so his recovery can be monitored.

But I heard that the government has a 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care, and they're already three tenths of the way there! So I have no worries.

UPDATE: ER times are way up too. But we only have to wait another seven years...