March 3rd, 2014
The public health care system has deemed me to be "low priority" while I'm waiting for removal of 2 protruding femur staples left over from 25-year-old ACL reconstruction. The original 6 to 9 month wait for surgery has turned into 1-1/2 years and I am still far down the priority list. I am an otherwise active person who cannot ski or bicycle until the work is done. Additional damage is being risked because I cannot build leg muscle or wear a neoprene support brace. Why should I be waiting and plugging up the public system when I can afford to have the work done privately?
How frustrating that your quality of life is not an issue. I have met many people with these "low priority issues" who feel like they are being held hostage by a system that allows government to dictate when and how we receive the healthcare we need.