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By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted July 22, 2009 at 21:29:40
You want anecdotes? Here's our tally for the kids for major things:
One son had cardiac surgery at Sick Kids as an infant following an ER visit and diagnosis at Mac. He was flown over in a helicopter. Subsequent to that, an angioplasty 8 months later. Now seven years old. Picture of health. Regular follow-up echo cardiograms, first yearly, now every two years.
Youngest child spent 100 days in the Mac NICU (http://www.hamilton365.com/products/215-july-06). Laser eye surgery to prevent retinopathy of prematurity. Yearly follow-up visits with developmental pediatrician and other specialists for as long as it was felt she needed them. Still sees the pediatric eye doctor for yearly follow-ups. Hearing impaired, learned to listen and speak with a cochlear implant at the age of 1 year. Sees audiologist at Sick Kids regularly. Now at the age of 5, just completed senior kindergarten, performs at grade level for all rubrics.
Nine year-old-- appendicitis-- hospital stay, surgery, follow-up visits.
If I'm in the ER with someone because they need an x-ray for a sprained ankle, then I fully expect to wait a long time-- as I should, when the needs of all the others are taken into account.
We're still solvent. And glad enough to pay taxes, that's for sure. I won't even get started on my grandparents, my parents, my siblings...
Boy-- I wish they'd asked me to talk about Canadian health care.
“Conviction without experience makes for harshness. ” Flannery O'Connor
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