It’s kinda like making dinner at home, completely mucking it up and then demanding that a local restaurant fix it because they have the know-how, and they better do it right now even though they have a waitlist three hours long.
So what’s the solution?
“More doctors! More nurses!” It takes doctors a minimum of four years of undergrad and then four years of medical school just to become residents…maybe in another five years they will be educated and experienced enough to be called specialists. RNs take at least four years to wear sturdy work shoes and to be able to answer your call light. Yeah, we could use more of both but it’s a little more complicated than making ice cubes.
“Make the pharmaceutical companies hand over the hidden cure to cancer.” Oh. My. Bananas. This one gets me to no end. If pharmaceutical companies could cure the big “C” (which, by the way, is just an umbrella term for a hella big steaming pile of very different diseases) they would. They would be freaking rich. They are trying. In the meantime, that means research! And good research ain’t cheap or quick. So get ready. Set. Wait.
“Let’s become more like the States! There are no wait times!” If you believe this to be true, then go and live in the States. There are no wait times because a huge number of American citizens can’t afford to see the doctor. So by all means, go spend all your cash to get your MRI, right frigging now!
Now look, I’m really sorry if you or a loved one is sick or in pain. And I am doubly sorry if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a health care mistake or douche baggery, it does happen and that makes me sad. I am also sad if you’ve had to wait for a test or procedure that offers a glimmer of hope that things might get better.
But the point I am trying to get across here is that we are all in this together, no us versus them, no winners or losers. If we take responsibility for our health, then our socialized (AKA: “FREE!”) health care system is there to help us when things are beyond our control so we can hurt, be sad, and maybe even heal without having to mortgage our homes to pay for antibiotics and x-rays.