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Sadly, when it comes to poor access to health care in Canada, you are not alone.

The submissions received below are from people just like you. Do you have your own story about poor access to timely health care? Please consider submitting your story.

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I just want to say that I am not wealthy...

Monica, Richmond, BC

November 17th, 2018

Waiting 2 years for a knee replacement...

Irene, Vancouver, BC

November 15th, 2018

The health care monopoly in Canada...

Chris, Chatham, ON

November 3rd, 2018

5 years of pain and lack of function

Dianne, Chilliwack, BC

November 1st, 2018

4 years from when I first hurt my knee until when I actually received ACL reconstruction surgery.

Monet, Victoria, BC

October 24th, 2018

I waited for months in agonizing pain

Stephen, British Columbia

October 24th, 2018

In pain and unable to have any quality of life.

Christine, North Vancouver, BC

October 13th, 2018

Hoping to enjoy my remaining years...

Margret, Richmond, BC

October 9th, 2018

Wait time for surgery at St. Pauls was about 5 years!

John, Victoria, BC

September 29th, 2018

He was in complete shock that it had taken 10 months...

William, Cranbrook, BC

September 23rd, 2018

I am very upset...

Lynne, Burnaby, BC

September 22nd, 2018

I was diagnosed with a severe...

Tom, Calgary, AB

September 21st, 2018

Painful knee...

Sharon, Surrey, BC

September 18th, 2018

I've been suffering with a bad back...

Mike, North Vancouver, BC

September 17th, 2018

I just had knee surgery today to repair my meniscus.

Natasha, Vancouver BC

September 13th, 2018

Violating our constitutional rights

Patricia, Vancouver, BC

September 11th, 2018

I have a torn miniscus...

Christopher, North Vancouver, BC

September 10th, 2018

Had a very serious back issue for 15 years...

Stanley, Campbell River, BC

September 9th, 2018

I'd have to wait 1.5 yrs...

Lynn, Terrace, BC

September 6th, 2018

I developed shoulder pain so debilitating that...

Cathy, Vancouver, BC

September 6th, 2018

My son was on the list to have his ACL repaired and there is no end...

Aggie, Coquitlam, BC

September 6th, 2018

Had to wait 18 months for MRI which was done 2 years ago...

Susan, Powell River, BC

August 27th, 2018

My son had to leave his apprenticeship after only 3 months

Jo, North Vancouver, BC

August 25th, 2018

Extreme pain.

Ralph, West Vancouver, BC

August 23rd, 2018

I've torn my meniscus...

William, Vancouver, BC

August 22nd, 2018

I am suffering from back pain...

Jack, Richmond, BC

August 7th, 2018

On a waiting list for spinal fusion. Every day...

Gloria, Winnipeg, MB

July 31st, 2018

I hurt my knee and the doc told me to 2 years...

dario, Abbotsford, BC

July 30th, 2018

It is tragic how the Canadian provincial and federal governments spend...

Lyn, Port McNeill, BC

May 29th, 2018

An MRI has determined that I need a shoulder replacement...

William, Cheadle, AB

April 16th, 2018

My name is Cade and I am 18 yrs old...

Cade, Fort St. John, BC

April 14th, 2018

Hardship because they cannot get timely treatment?

Andrew, Canada

April 10th, 2018

Worst health care service in the developed world

Kyle, Calgary, AB

October 24th, 2017

The system is terrible and causes people much pain...

Juliet, North Vancouver, BC

June 19th, 2017

I have waited over 3 years to receive surgery...

Sri, Toronto, ON

May 25th, 2017

I am an active energetic 76 year old retired marine engineer...

Raymond, Vanderhoof, BC

May 15th, 2017    1 comment

Where else does one go...

Ingrid, Tofino, BC

April 8th, 2017

I was informed by a Registered Physiotherapist that I may have sustained a...

Charlene, Vancouver, BC

March 23rd, 2017    1 comment

The public health care system has failed me on so many levels.

Loki, Victoria, BC

January 22nd, 2017

Very serious problem with the health care system

Cheryl, Nanaimo, BC

January 20th, 2017

One word: bureaucracy

Aldo, Sherwood Park, Alberta

January 12th, 2017

My alternative was to use the alternative private health system

Wendy, Nanaimo, BC

January 6th, 2017

Not ethical even in a supposedly free system...

Corey, Edmonton, AB

October 24th, 2016    1 comment

Injured on the job.

William, Edmonton, AB

October 16th, 2016

Due to the extremely long wait for surgery I now have permanent nerve damage

Perry, Edmonton, AB

October 13th, 2016    1 comment

suffering...

janice, White Rock, BC

October 7th, 2016

I suffered debilitating pain for several YEARS in the public system. I...

David, Burnaby, BC

September 12th, 2016

If I'm not in charge of my body then who is?

Ken, Edmonton, AB

June 20th, 2016

I was referred to the nearest orthopedic surgeon in October...

Maxine, Terrace, BC

May 3rd, 2016    1 comment

We must have choices to be proactive in our own health

Nancy, Vancouver, BC

April 16th, 2016

I began experiencing increasing pain down my leg and foot...

Ron, Maple Ridge, BC

April 12th, 2016

I would not have known about my heart issues...

Steve, Pitt Meadows, BC

February 23rd, 2016

After coming down with a rare condition that completely diabled me...

Justin, Abbotsford, BC

February 16th, 2016

If government wants to lower costs and improve care/efficiency...

Rex, Winfield, AB

February 3rd, 2016

Our government of Canada rations health care to its citizens under the...

Carolyn, Calgary, AB

December 16th, 2015

The government has no problem offering "access" to unsavory products...

Marie, Calgary, AB

October 29th, 2015

I am middle 50's work full time and fit. One day after a run...

Pierre, Vancouver, BC

October 24th, 2015

I finally have a diagnosis, thanks to an MRI I paid for myself

Angela, Vancouver, BC

August 14th, 2015

Im suffering for four months now for my back pain and I cannot sleep without...

Norman, Delta, BC

August 10th, 2015

I find this ridiculous at best!

Fred, Airdrie, Alberta

May 26th, 2015

The waiting for public care was unreasonable...

Ed, Nanaimo, BC

May 22nd, 2015

I was naive to believe our health care system would take care of her

Sharon, Lethbridge, Alberta

May 20th, 2015    1 comment

My mother waited 8 WEEKS to FAIL a stress test...

Rebecca, London, ON

May 19th, 2015

The system we face now is either broken or not performing

John, Kelowna, B.C.

May 5th, 2015

I started having intermittent lower back pain...

Candice, Maple Ridge, BC

April 16th, 2015    1 comment

Canadian Healthcare System Abandons Injured Patient

Marc, Burnaby, BC

April 14th, 2015

It makes no sense ... to make access to treatment so difficult

Bill, Newmarket, ON

April 6th, 2015    1 comment

Two years ago I was referred to a specialist for a cancer screening test by...

Keith, Sechelt, BC

March 3rd, 2015    1 comment

I am so frustrated and frightened regarding what is happening to me.

Julie, Kamloops, BC

February 18th, 2015    1 comment

As a physician, I witness the inequities of our system on a daily basis...

Nicholas, Ancaster, ON

February 15th, 2015    2 comments

I decided to go to USA ...

Rob, Burnaby, BC

February 2nd, 2015

People have to wait, wait and wait some more...

Kathleen, Vancouver, BC

January 12th, 2015

I have had to wait and suffer in pain for years...

Kristy, Vancouver, BC

January 10th, 2015

Cut the red tape and the waiting times, this is what I expect...

Garry, Okotoks, AB

December 31st, 2014

For years I have had lumbar and cervical pain. Over the past several years, I...

Henry, Cranbrook, BC

November 25th, 2014

Damage due to the longer wait...

gordon, Edmonton, AB

October 29th, 2014

We don't know where to turn for help.

Coco, Gatineau, QC

October 24th, 2014

For God's sake... let the patient make a choice...

Amanda, Orleans, ON

October 20th, 2014

I can't even begin to decribe my frustration.

Diana, Vancouver, BC

October 15th, 2014

With any luck I might see the surgeon before the end of 2014...

Gordon, Chilliwack, BC

August 26th, 2014

My problems started with two rear end car accidents...

Pat, Surrey, BC

August 19th, 2014

My husband passed away... As it turns out it...

Julie, Nanaimo, BC

August 19th, 2014

I was expected to wait 1.5 to 2 years. This is like a life sentence.

Al, Vancouver, BC

July 24th, 2014

I am appalled...

Sherry, Victoria, BC

July 17th, 2014

I still have places to go, things to do and people to meet

Myrna, Calgary, AB

May 19th, 2014

I am distressed ...

Lesley, Sidney, BC

May 8th, 2014

I do not support the violation of basic rights

Janice, Victoria, BC

April 30th, 2014

Constant excruciating pain ... my life for the past eight months

Dianna, Calgary, AB

April 9th, 2014

I have been suffering from the virtual loss of use of my left arm

Jeff, Surrey, BC

April 3rd, 2014    1 comment

One of the biggest obstacles to change in Canadian healthcare...

Ann, Kanata, ON

April 1st, 2014    2 comments

This is how desperate I feel...

Paula, Victoria, BC

March 11th, 2014

What a disappointing and sobering experience

Donna, Victoria, BC

March 4th, 2014    1 comment

The original 6 to 9 month wait for surgery has turned into 1.5 years

Paul, Fernie, BC

March 3rd, 2014    1 comment

A dangerous and disgraceful situation

Nancy, Vancouver, BC

February 22nd, 2014    1 comment

There appears to be a complete break down in the medical system

Pamela, Vancouver, BC

As a small business owner, the Canada Health Act is making my life worse.

Jill, Vancouver, BC

   2 comments

Politicians and Workers Compensation Board patients jump queue

Dr. Raymond Grant, BC, Canada

   1 comment

It's appropriate for us all to suffer? How very sad is that?

Annie, Vancouver, BC

Denial of healthcare is a crime against humanity

Jennifer, Vancouver, BC

   1 comment

A truly free society would not tolerate such a situation

Bruce, Vancouver, BC

   1 comment

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