I actually think that we have had a pretty good medical system in Canada. But I think that although the expertise is here, and we have universal access, there are ways where things are getting a bit threadbare.
Have a look at “Is There a Doctor in the House? Part 2 of 3” and Part 3 of 3 to come on Tuesday
I personally know of a lot of friends and family who have ended up in a bed or on a gurney in a corridor after being admitted to Emergency, (That is what we call the emergency ward up here in Canada.) I actually experienced this when I had a health emergency a few years back. I spent my first night in a dark service corridor behind “Emergency” on a bed along one wall with perhaps 6-10 others.
I was already in slight delirium when I got there and the night was an anxious one for me. The odd sounds from the pipes and from delivery trucks down the corridor. (Through sets of doors but so audible.)
I did get moved out of that corridor the next morning…
…and onto a ward. Actually I was at the end of the ward, in the corridor. The end was curtained off so in some ways I had a private room, however, no washroom facility, no access to phone, and rather than an emergency call button, I had a hand-bell to ring for help. I spent 4 or 5 days in that corridor until I had to have surgery. After surgery I did get into a room. Actually it was a nice private room where I was the only occupant. I think that they had a regulation where people coming out of surgery had to be placed into a room.
I have had a few friends that also ended up in a corridor. In fact one dear friend has been in one for a few days now. I also recall visiting a relative in the cardiac ward and seeing two or three occupied beds in the corridors around the nurses’ station. I recall thinking that they had so little privacy.
Our system isn’t too bad, but it does have some holes in it. I’ll write about some more holes in the near future.
Look for Part 2 and Part 3 to come.