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    Reality check: Canada's government health care system

    Reality check: Canada's government health care system

    For Shona Holmes, simple pleasures such as playing with her dog or walking in her plush garden are a gift.

    After suffering from crushing headaches and vision problems, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor four years ago. She was told if it wasn't removed, she could go blind or even die.

    "They said to me that you had a brain tumor and it was pressing on your optic chasm and that it needed to come out immediately," Holmes said.

    Holmes is Canadian, but the "they" she refers to are doctors at the Mayo Clinic in the United States, where she turned after specialists in her own government-run health care system would not see her fast enough.

    "My family doctor at that time tried to get me in to see an endocrinologist and a neurologist," Holmes recalled. "It was going to be four months for one specialist and six months for the other." Watch Holmes talk about her experience in getting treatment

    Even with the warning from U.S. doctors in hand, Holmes said she still couldn't get in to see Canadian specialists. Because the government system is the only health care option for Canadians, she says she had no choice but to have the surgery in the U.S.
    Just thought this was a timely article considering our recent (and apparently ongoing ) discussion of universal health care.

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    Yeah, I know the problems of Canadian health care. My girlfriend is a Canadian citizen and we discuss it every once and awhile because of people in her family needing to see doctors. It's really not that great, although free. It definitely gave me a better look at the system.

    I still wonder how well a system of two options would work. Free and paid healthcare...

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