If you have a cancer case in your own family, as we have, then you start reading the health related news with different eyes. You become more sensitive to any negative news and upset with the sacred cow of the Canadian nation: the universal “free” health care. Actually, it is not free because half of your income goes to the taxman. Next, if we have to wait five months from the diagnosis until the beginning of the treatment — you would be as angry as we are.
Since the initial secretive announcement the Manitoba health authorities revealed the name of the pathologist and the number of cases being in review: several hundreds… I am not for witch hunts, so the name is irrelevant at this moment, and not only because he wasn’t involved with our case. The whole story is more relevant in regard of the disfunctionality of the system. Not enough specialists, doctors working way beyond the retirement age with diplomas obtained when I started grade 1 (50 years ago, if you want to calculate it), heavy work overload…
There must be reasons why nobody should be allowed to work after a certain age, and not only because you “deserve” your retirement. The ageing brain can never perform as well as a younger one. Sometimes the authorities are considering banning certain elderly people from driving, so why aren’t we more careful about letting old guys making life and death decisions about cancer patients? (I remember a few years ago a case when an old, demented — Alzheimer? — MD had to be evacuated from his hospital office by the police, since he didn’t want to leave…)
Maybe it is time to do something about the sacred cow.