Now I will admit that the Canadian heathcare system is far from a utopian dream...it has flaws, no doubt.
The Spanish one is making me crazy.
I should be, and am, grateful to have fully subsidised health care.....but OMG.... When I go for a physical in TO, my wonderful Dr. does the works. Here, it requires four separate appointments. One for the pap, another for the internal, a third for blood and urine work and a fourth to actually listen to your heart and all that. Another apt for a mammogram, then another appointment to get the results rather than a phone call. The results of each appointment requires a seperate appointment....if you are lucky, you can double the up...not always.
It's like a freaking hobby for crying out loud.
When I had to get that skin cancer thing-y taken off my nose, here in Spain it required an appointment with the regular doctor, then an appointment with a dermetologist, who then sent me to a plastic surgeon, there was the first appointment to look at the thing (waiting time well over a hour), and then another appointment to remove it (months later).
In TO? An appointment with my Doc, who debated removing it on the spot; but it was kind of, um, obvious looking being on my nose and all, and being kind of, well, HUGE, so she sent me off to a dermatologist...who wants a mangled hole in the middle of your face. The second appointment, with a dermetologist, about a week and a half later (10 minute wait): he took one looked, took a photo and carved the sucker out. Done. *ouch*
Do they not realise here that people don't actually want to have this as a near second job/very involved hobby?.....if only we were paid for it.
Makes me NUTS.
My Gyn appointment was mysteriously cancelled on me...I found out when I got there. It was in a neighbouring town. Fortunately the friend who drove me over, out of the goodness of her heart, hadn't gone very far and now I have that handy-dandy cell phone!!!
I also have a whole slew of new appointments....all for some time from now.