Comment 32461

By UrbanRenaissance (registered) | Posted July 22, 2009 at 07:36:59

About 4 years ago my father was eating breakfast when suddenly all the colour drained out of his face and he fainted, hitting his head on the table and falling to the floor. Five minutes later on the way to the hospital this happened again starting with the same feeling of "the life draining out of me" (his words). It happened again in the triage room when the nurse was examining him. After seeing that she took us right in to see a doctor and within 48 hours they had not only diagnosed the problem, (a rare nerve disease which interrupted the signals from the brain to the heart telling it to beat), but they also corrected it by installing a pacemaker. In the U.S. this ordeal would have cost anywhere from $70,000 to over $100,000 but thanks to our system by dad was back at work after a week of bed-rest with only a scar and the lump of the pacemaker as a reminder.

Our system isn't perfect by any means but I would much rather wait in an ER because the person ahead of me is in worse shape, rather than because he/she has a fatter wallet.

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