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Very serious problem with the health care system

Cheryl, Nanaimo, BC

January 20th, 2017


I am a 55 year old woman with a gallbladder problem for over a year and a half, I have been seeing my doctor regularly with pain, nausea, over a dozen attacks and very poor quality of life, she has tried everything in her power to get me help and after a Hida scan which showed zero function and total blockage and CT scan which showed calcification I was then given a 5 month wait just to see a surgeon and then god only knows when I could have surgery. I had a very bad attack on Jan 2nd 2017 and went to the hospital and had morphine and gravol to relieve pain and nausea and was told the surgeon wouldn't even consider seeing me because I was not ill enough.

My husband and I discussed this and decided that quality of life was worth more than the money it would cost for private surgery and went to Vancouver for private help, I am now getting my gallbladder out on friday the 27th of January after much testing and consultation with a surgeon (Dr Woo) he is wonderful. I can hardly wait to get my life back.

I have now spent money which would be better served for our retirement and will affect our future but the gallbladder had to get removed.

There is a very serious problem with the health care system that needs to get fixed when someone so ill gets no relief from our government system.

Tthank You,


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