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Re: [IP] Re: insulin-pumpers-digest V6 #750

Here in North Western Ontario we are  turned away at walk in clinics unless your doctors office is at the same building and we are told to go to the hospital for minor problems because we have a MAJOR SEVERE shortage of doctors.   I have diabetes and Gastro-esophogeal Reflux Disease and I do not have a family doctor!! - Somethings wrong here!  Luckily I have a diabetes clinic that helps me with diabetes stuff and I just hope for the best when it comes to all other health problems.  For me it means a 2-3 hours wait in a really small doctors office(the only one in the city that allows doctor less patients) to see an on call doctor.  Or a long wait at the hospital,  just to get some antibiotics prescibed or what ever.  It sucks!!  
When diagnosed with GERD I was put on a waiting list to see a specialist the wait was almost 1 year!  Luckily( or not ) I was put in the hospital for 3 weeks and they decided I should see him right away.  The Specialist did wonders and explained in second why I black out every time I stand up something the other doctors couldn't explain!  Now I know its usually as simple as standing up slowly and I'm fine, if I get up fast my blood pressure drops and I black out.

Many people "misuse"
emergency wards by visiting when they have the flu, or a sore throat, or all
kinds of other non-emergencies that can be dealt with at walk-in clinics or
by a family physician. Yes, there are problems with Canada's healthcare
system, and yes, major change is required. 
Summer (dx'd 1986 at age 4)
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