I own a wheelchair, small enough to get through the door of the apartments built in the 70’s and 80’s, before building boom made everything small and wheelchair impossible. But with Indy, I didn’t need the E&J manual wheelchair anymore. Linda wanted to give it to an organization that takes medical equipment to Africa.
“But there are people out here, in this city, who need a wheelchair and can’t afford it.” I said.
Linda relented and put it on the local swap and shop for free, the same price we got it for. She had two requests in an hour. And the first person contacted her by phone and came and picked it up all within an hour. It is for a senior who has problems moving around.
I hope they remember to pump the tires all the way up. More glide per 'omph.'
Medical care, and who can and can’t afford it, even at a maintenance level is the new problem of Canada, US and UK. Some provinces pay for meds, others don’t. Provinces are labeled as ‘have’ or ‘have not.’ And while Ontario, where Toronto is, is a ‘have’ province, while BC is a ‘have not.’ There is supposed to be transfer of funds to help those provinces which are ‘have not.’ But when Alberta is to make $600 billion out of just one oil field and the pipeline through BC to the coast, and BC makes 4 million out of the same deal, but faces the costs of clean up, and repair are all borne by BC. So the most BC can afford is to give a discount on meds to those who are impoverished, though how they are to pay rent, food, taxes and medicine costs on the $782 a month, I am not sure. We expected to get a large tax refund, but it was taken by the government because we had be unable to pay the $100 per person per month for medical coverage, so they took it out of any refund. So yeah, I know the feeling of constantly climbing a mountain and never get closer to the top.
But in Wales, it was the same, as one of the ‘have not’ districts in the UK, we had a heart surgeon who was convicted of negligence and killing patients but was kept on because there were no other surgeons. And the friend who came out of a induced coma to beat cancer was never able to leave her bed for the 14 months because…the entire hospital only had one portable ventilator. So the standard wheelchair with throat ventilator was something the Hospital in Cardiff couldn’t afford. So she died, in that bed, in a room with eight people and a curtain, never to see the sunshine. And a friend was told they had a nine year wait for a hip joint replacement as it was ‘elective’ surgery, that’s when you know you are in a ‘have not’ district.
Currently, when I see people interviewed in the USA, the one country in the ‘first world’ without health care, that they don’t want Obama’s health care because it could ‘limit choice’ makes me think they haven’t experienced a ‘limit’ of choice yet. And when the Republican Party platform is based on how wealthy you are and how much you have paid in, so those who get with MS, Lupus, ME/CFS amoung other diseases are out of luck. The health to wealth connection is planned right to care homes. Yikes!
By the by, the IRC (International Red Cross) has determined that the use of medical information to threaten medical care, or disrupt medical care, or create fear that the information will be used against a person is Torture. So perhaps instead of trying to get your local health care or VIHA to get their act in line, just get the Hague involved. A few convictions for ‘crimes against humanity’ might get care in facilities and communities better monitored.
I can dream.
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