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(Toronto Star)   Don't you hate it when you scratch an itch on your back and find a knife blade that's been buried there for three years?   (thestar.com) divider line 17
    More: Weird, Billy McNeely, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories  
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2013-03-21 03:35:54 AM
5 votes:
Good thing he never needed an MRI between then and now~!!
2013-03-21 06:59:47 AM
3 votes:

MurphyMurphy: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: That's something socialist medical for ya. Thanks Obama!

I hate to say it... but that might be it.

My cousin moved there as an adult and had a litter of kids with some flappy-headed Canadian. (poor kids, some look to have lost the genetic flappy-head contest).

She says some things are as easy as they would be in the US at a Dr or Dentist visit, most things in fact,

but for teeth if something is at an orthodontist level it's a pain in the ass to get anything done in a timely manner, and when it comes to Doctor visits if you want to ask for something to further confirm a diagnosis like an xray or CAT/MRI the Doc may not always agree.


Want to know how I know that you are a liar or at least very poorly informed?  Dental work isn't covered. It's as capitalist as american healthcare. As for doctors not agreeing and giving you MRIs CAT scans or X-rays just because you want them, well yeah that is sort of the point isn't it? We only have so many machines and they belong to everyone. You don't get to use one just because you just think you should. With the amount of misinformation out in the public about healthcare if we allowed everyone to just ask for scans legitimate patients would be left waiting and suffer as a result.  The reality is that a higher percentage of Canadians are happy with their healthcare outcomes than Americans.


There has to be a middle ground between medicare getting fleeced by insurance companies and health providers and having the state take over the entire industry and bog the hospitals down with (additional) bureaucracy and cold logic purely cost-based medical decisions.

Do you honestly think that for profit healthcare isn't doing the same exact thing? If so I have a bridge to sell you.

Hopefully we'll find that happy medium here with a bit of legislative evolution.

You don't need to. The rest of the world has figured out a superior system. I have no doubt that if Americans had a completely socialist healthcare system that it would be one of the best if not the best in the world. You have technology, knowledge, and most importantly cash to leverage towards this goal that  far outstrips most other developed nations.
2013-03-21 06:04:06 AM
3 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: The Canadian government is failing the Canadian aboriginal population. That this guy walked around with a knife in his back for three years and was brushed aside by the healthcare bureaucracy is just another example of this.


I normally defend my country from all US based criticism of our health system, but this is pretty god damn accurate.  I haven't read the details because TFA wouldn't load on my tablet, but  I bet even if this guy showed up at a doctor or ER complaining, he'd have been labeled as a drunken Indian seeking opiates.
2013-03-21 04:33:47 AM
2 votes:
In the US we still would have left the knife blade in him, we just would have charged him $5000 for it.

@Murphymurphy there are systems where you have a state health care system that takes care of most folks, but if you've got the cash you can also go to a private hospital.  AFAIR, that's what England has - my grandfather had most of his care covered by the National 'Elf, but when he wanted his cataracts worked on, and didn't feel like waiting he just went to a private hospital.
2013-03-21 03:48:10 AM
2 votes:
The Canadian government is failing the Canadian aboriginal population. That this guy walked around with a knife in his back for three years and was brushed aside by the healthcare bureaucracy is just another example of this.
Esn
2013-03-21 03:38:10 AM
2 votes:
I've often found that most doctors go very much by-the-book, so if you have some sort of problem that their book says shouldn't be there, as far as they're concerned, it's NOT there. Sounds like that's what happened in this case.
2013-03-21 03:26:12 AM
2 votes:
bonus that he's from Yellowknife
2013-03-21 03:18:59 AM
2 votes:
A Northwest Territories man...

And that's all I needed to know.
2013-03-21 09:14:25 AM
1 votes:
Back in 2001 I was in a car accident (guy ran a red, hit my driver's side door YAY!) they took a chest X-ray.  And then a whole bunch of chest X-rays from different angles.(At least 6)  I'm all like, wtf?
Well it turns out I have some sort of metal BB or something in the rear half of my left chest cavity.  No fresh wounds, so its not from the accident.
Doc asked "Do you remember what that was from?"  Nope, I said, "While I have brothers, they didn't have BB guns or anything."
It is still in there somewhere.  If I ever have an MRI I need to get a chest-X-ray first to make sure its gone.
/nscsb
//nickname of shrapnel didn't stick
///always 3 slashies
2013-03-21 08:15:14 AM
1 votes:

Marcintosh: sent home after not being able to stand the pain 30 some years ago, my friend still finds pieces of gravel in his bed in the morning 2 or 3 times a year left over from the motorcycle accident and the ER's Humanitarian, Cleaning With A Stainless Steel Brush.

He was hit by a golf ball and taken right off his bike.  No helmet. He went down so hard I thought he'd had a stroke.  Landed on his back and slid to a stop from 45-50 mph.  Denim jacket.  He was kinda whiney for a while.


Ew. Embedded gravel sucks.

When I was 15 or 16, my cousins and I were riding our bikes down a dirt road one summer
afternoon. I was in the front of the pack and as we were tooling down the road, somehow
when I went to ride over a branch, the branch ended up between the spokes of my bike.

I went sailing over the handlebars, landed on my hip and slid about 15 feet. I was only wearing
a bathing suit at the time, so it was 15 feet of bare skin being dragged across dirt and gravel.

It didn't hurt as much as you might think and I got up and dusted myself off and climbed back
on the bike for the ride back to my grandmother's house. We get about 5 minutes down the
road and my cousin Casey starts screaming and pointing at my leg. I looked down and my
lower hip and all of my upper outer thigh was bloody.

We got to my grandmothers and she wasn't there so we continued riding up the road to my
Aunt Kitty's (yes, that is what we called her) and she spent the next 2 hours picking gravel
out of my leg.

25 years later, I still have the scars.
2013-03-21 07:54:40 AM
1 votes:
sent home after not being able to stand the pain 30 some years ago, my friend still finds pieces of gravel in his bed in the morning 2 or 3 times a year left over from the motorcycle accident and the ER's Humanitarian, Cleaning With A Stainless Steel Brush.

He was hit by a golf ball and taken right off his bike.  No helmet. He went down so hard I thought he'd had a stroke.  Landed on his back and slid to a stop from 45-50 mph.  Denim jacket.  He was kinda whiney for a while.
2013-03-21 04:34:41 AM
1 votes:

Shmopee: Are we entirely sure this didn't really happen in Florida? Because this has Floriderp written all over it.

/or carved into it, as it were...


I've been lead to understand that Northwestern Canada is basically a frozen Florida.
2013-03-21 04:04:10 AM
1 votes:
The solution to removing a knife blade stuck in your back? Cut the back open with a scalpel.
2013-03-21 03:51:30 AM
1 votes:

Caluth: Good thing he never needed an MRI between then and now~!!


Holyshat.... No kidding...
2013-03-21 03:39:14 AM
1 votes:

BarkingUnicorn: jtown: A Northwest Territories man...

And that's all I needed to know.

Really.  Those guys are half polar bear and half zombie.


No, they are just drunk all the time. I've been there, and further north.
2013-03-21 03:29:36 AM
1 votes:

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: That's something socialist medical for ya. Thanks Obama!


I hate to say it... but that might be it.

My cousin moved there as an adult and had a litter of kids with some flappy-headed Canadian. (poor kids, some look to have lost the genetic flappy-head contest).

She says some things are as easy as they would be in the US at a Dr or Dentist visit, most things in fact,

but for teeth if something is at an orthodontist level it's a pain in the ass to get anything done in a timely manner, and when it comes to Doctor visits if you want to ask for something to further confirm a diagnosis like an xray or CAT/MRI the Doc may not always agree.

There has to be a middle ground between medicare getting fleeced by insurance companies and health providers and having the state take over the entire industry and bog the hospitals down with (additional) bureaucracy and cold logic purely cost-based medical decisions.

Hopefully we'll find that happy medium here with a bit of legislative evolution.
2013-03-21 03:18:52 AM
1 votes:
He has been setting off metal detectors and didn't think something might be....
 
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