If you're sick, just wait
Do you suppose they're called "patients" because they have to spend so much time waiting? In private clinics and other kinds of health facilities, the term is often "clients". To me, this means they don't have to wait because "clients" require service or they will go elsewhere.
Last week, a diabolical chair/ladder broke itself and made me a "patient" in a Calgary hospital. Nothing broken. Just abrasions. If I had been injured more seriously, I know the action would have sped up but, just as a matter of interest, here was my schedule in Emergency.
Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Triaged, registered, x-rayed, seen by a doctor, wound dressed.
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seen by a doctor, wound dressed.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Seen by a doctor, wound dressed.
Add to this the fact that I had to drive about an hour each way, each day, because I live in the country.
Yes, I believe I was looked after extremely well. The doctors and nurses were wonderful, and I am now healing very nicely thank you. But, boy did I have to be "patient" .
Canadians wait longer for medical care than residents of other industrialized nations, believe "fundamental" change is needed, and yet are still confident the system will look after them well, the results of an international survey to be released today by an American think-tank suggest.
The annual look at seven European and new-world countries found Canadians rarely had to forego medical help because of cost, but were more likely than patients in other places to queue up for care.
Like Americans, they often had to visit the emergency ward simply because they were unable to see their family physician in time -- and waited longer than others once they arrived at the ER, the Commonwealth Fund study indicated.