Sick of Complaints
Canadian healthcare is one of the biggest upsides to living in Canada. Procedures, check-ups, and medication are not only free (most of the time), but they are also of good quality. As an immigrant, this was truly one of the best things about being in Canada.
I have been to Canadian hospitals and clinics for medical exams and a torn ligament. My experiences with the care I received were all quite positive. Yes, the wait is gruelling at times; I’ve waited almost two hours to see the doctor for a five-minute check-up. However, once it’s your turn, you are well taken care of. May it be medication, an x-ray, or a CT scan, they make sure that you get the best care possible. Furthermore, you don’t need to worry about the cost of everything — given that you have a provincial health card.
I have heard a lot of complaints about the Canadian healthcare system, and most people wonder why I am amazed at it. There are certainly flaws to the system, and complaints about the wait, parking fees, and time with the doctor are all valid, but the entire system is truly a privilege to have access to. At the emergency room, you’re not asked if you can afford the care before they save your life. Doctors are all inclined to help you, and don’t have a hidden agenda because you need to pay them. The hospital can prescribe the best care because they have enough in their budget to use effective technology. After realising this, I didn’t mind that hour wait to see the doctor.
Healthcare is definitely one of the reasons immigrants are inclined to come to Canada. Coming from a country where your economic standing defines your quality of medical care, I truly appreciate the Canadian healthcare system. If you have ever been or will go to the clinic or hospital here in Canada, remember to be thankful for what you have. You don’t need to worry about fees and quality of care; you only need to worry about being healthy and getting better.