NHBPM Day 18: “I want to change THIS about healthcare…”
*Disclaimer: I am a Canuck. I live in the True, North, Poutine and Tim Horton’s. Each province governs its own healthcare. The reflections I make on healthcare is in reference to the “Ontario Healthcare System.” This is not a test….
I pay taxes. A truckload of ’em.
It gives me a card that I can attend at ANY doctor’s office in the province, without upfront cost (did you see what I did there?).
I can see ANY specialist that any doctor refers me to (did you see what I did there, too?).
I also, by state of marital union, have access to my husband’s work benefits which assist, to certain percentages, with dental, vision care, prescriptions and other non-provincially-funded healthcare like chiropractors, physiotherapists ….yadda yadda.
There is a severe shortage of physicians in Ontario. Someone might want to wanna work on that.
The waiting times for certain medical procedures are often insane (like, more than me without my meds kind of insane). Testing like MRI’s, CAT scans, scopes…things that might make you shudder from the inside out. If someone has cancer, for example, you might wanna work on that.
I want doctors to come up with a bedside manner.
(Although to be fair, my lawyer boss once stood over me, file in hand, as I had a coughing fit so hard I was on my knees in my cubicle hurling into the waste basket receptacle… “You…uh…can get to this after?” Dipshit.)
I want patients to be capable of being their own advocate and stop relying on only one source of information…their physician. If it doesn’t “feel” right, it probably isn’t. Get a second opinion…we have instincts for a reason, and a card that will let us get one. It’s an option not afforded to many.
I want there to be more focus put on the correlation between a patient’s mental health and their physical health.
I want doctors to start talking to each other.
I want to see some of these wonderfully geeked-out brainiacs we love so much for coming up with WoW and Minecraft to come up with software programs that will allow across-the-board access to complete medical information by each and every physician and supplementary healthcare team (alternative, holistic, pharmaceutical, etc.).
If we can put a freakin’ piece of equipment, a robot, on the planet of MARS…surely we can make an App for that??
THAT is what I want to change about healthcare.
Across the caregivers.
A one-stop full-patient shop.
This post was written for Wego Health’s National Blog Post Month, 2012.
(image from: Med-Link Solutions)