Health care in the United States, versus elsewhere | Letter

I’m glad Mr. Ledbetter had a good experience in Scotland when he was ill. That was not my experience in Canada.

After five days of illness in Canada, I tried to see a doctor. I had a fever, bleeding sinuses, severe headache, etc. I was told my only option was to come to a local clinic and I could sit there all day (they are open eight hours) and at some point someone would see me. They also said it was $150 Canadian dollars in cash for me to be seen.

I agree that our system isn’t ideal, but I like the choice I have on providers; and I want my health care provider to determine proper course of treatment.

When our Congress men and women and senators get all of their health care through Veterans Affairs, they understand the limitations and challenges with a large government-run medical provider; and when we stop enabling drug manufacturers to advertise their products to push sales, then I think effective reform will take place.

Until then…I’d still rather be sick in the United States with the care I get here, than anywhere else.

CarolLee Twitchell,

Kirkland

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