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Nelline

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Nelline

... I have had 10 years of NHS medical care. I have always been happy with that care knowing that "what you see is what you get" and being one of the more "pushy" people, my questions always got answered and my family (gesin) always got the best care in the end (sometimes it just took a little longer). I had a first baby at age 38 "on the NHS" and I can certainly attest to getting the best care possible. No complaints at all.

Having landed in Canada at the start of May it took a little time to "get started" on the medical side but I had an intro with the new GP on 22 Aug with a full medical history taken for myself and son Fionnlagh (husband Jakes does not qualify for provincial medical care as per my previous post). Blood tests ordered for myself as well as "oh - so you haven't had a tetanus jab in a while - hold out your arm please!).

I took a while to actually go for said tests, and within a week had a call from the GP's to come in for a full annual check up (today)

WELL!!!

I never knew blood tests could tell you that much! Apparently all my unmentionable inner organs are still ok, sugar levels, cholesterol etc all spanking fine, I am apparently a little anaemic (gotta take extra Vit B) and Doc asked me, have you recently started extra / unusual exercise??? Well, yes, I took up running again as well as ballroom dancing... well, that would account for this anomaly in the blood test then! Wow. Also apparently I have no immunity to anything to do with Hepatitis and before I consider ANY kind of travel I should go for the dual vaccine! Double wow! I never knew that before!

Also, a full examination which included looking for unusual moles, listening to heart, lungs, palpitation of abdomen, some very intimate questions which I won't go into now, even for goodness sake testing my knee reflexes!!! Goodness gracious!! As well as a few female things which again I won't go into now, but crikey, I am IMPRESSED!!!!

It seems in Canada they really do go the extra mile to "catch" something before it takes hold if that makes sense.

Did I say I was impressed?

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Tracey22

I just love going to the doctor and paediatrician without worrying about the bill!

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Karen

I love staying away from doctors at my age! The more they test, the more they find!!!

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Sideline

So Karen, you haven't found your whole self yet? :whistling: Maybe its time for a checkup so the Doc can find you, but then again if he finds to many spare parts it could be an issue.

Imagine two of any of us running around :P

I am just being silly, I am in one of those moods today. Please don't take offense.

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Nelline

So true Karen, I guess I was just reeling with relief at them not finding bad news!! For example, my mom had really high cholesterol and I have always avoided being tested for it... worried about what they'd find!
So when they rang me to make the appointment after the blood results came back I was sure it would be bad news!

:blush:

I love staying away from doctors at my age! The more they test, the more they find!!!

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Cathy K

I'm with Karen on this one. My doctor is a very efficient Canadian, and she loves all those tests. That's why I ended up in hospital for three days because my blood pressure was on the high side. (genetics). The specialists could not find anything out of the ordinary. She went into high gear when I mentioned some chest discomfort a few months ago. Fortunately I passed the stress ECG with flying colours.

Charlene is a doctor and we live with her. It's quite nice to have one that near, although she can be somewhat nonchalant at times. When I asked her once to look at something on my ear lobe, she glanced at it and pronounced casually: "Not to worry, it's just a type of cancer." After I almost freaked out, she added: "I promise, it won't kill you." Turned out her dad had the same kind of lesion and we had plastic surgery on the same day.

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PinkPanther

My GP is pretty good too.

However, getting into some specialists can take time. That is one thing I'm nervous of: developing something serious in Canada and die before they can even give me an appointment with a specialist, thanks to some waiting times I've heard about! Once you are diagnosed with something serious though, you get speedy service, it is just the time it takes to actually GET diagnosed that makes me nervous!

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Tracey22

My GP is pretty good too.

However, getting into some specialists can take time. That is one thing I'm nervous of: developing something serious in Canada and die before they can even give me an appointment with a specialist, thanks to some waiting times I've heard about! Once you are diagnosed with something serious though, you get speedy service, it is just the time it takes to actually GET diagnosed that makes me nervous!

I have not heard that being a problem when I know of people who are seriously ill: A friend of ours was experiencing severe back pain, and complaining about urinating in September. He saw his GP, who was worried, and he got an MRI that day. Within 3 days, he saw an oncologist, and had surgery on his back within 3 weeks by the top orthopaedic surgeon in Toronto. and, all of this was paid for under OHIP. The hospital stay was mostly covered, the balance was covered by his benefit package

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PinkPanther

I have not heard that being a problem when I know of people who are seriously ill: A friend of ours was experiencing severe back pain, and complaining about urinating in September. He saw his GP, who was worried, and he got an MRI that day. Within 3 days, he saw an oncologist, and had surgery on his back within 3 weeks by the top orthopaedic surgeon in Toronto. and, all of this was paid for under OHIP. The hospital stay was mostly covered, the balance was covered by his benefit package

I've heard of it many, many times that people waited numerous months to see a specialist.

But yes, of course if it is obvious to the doctor that something serious is wrong, you'll get your stuff done pretty quickly. I can think of someone who saw an oncologist the same day when they found a mass in his chest on an X-ray, and the very next day he was in the hospital for cancer treatment. Quick!

Not all symptoms are that clear-cut and obvious though. And that is the type of situation I'm referring to where you can wait months to see a specialist. I'm not going into detail about all the examples I've came across in my time here in Canada, but there had been some and then some more. Some of those even decided to go to the US to see a private specialist just so they don't have to wait so long (and paid for it themselves).

I read a globe and mail article a few months ago about the long waiting time to see specialists in Canada, and it sounds like the times differ a bit between provinces. Also seem to differ depending on that type of specialist you need to see. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/ask-a-health-expert/ive-been-waiting-three-years-to-see-a-specialist-what-can-i-do/article4934608/ (Don't pay attention to the actual title of the article - 3 years waiting time is not common! It's only really the first 3 paragraphs that are applicable to my post). There are probably far better articles out there than this one explaining waiting times for a specialist.

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Nelline

I think they really do differentiate between serious problems and those that can wait a while. You are more likely to wait for patella surgery than you are to wait for appendix surgery for example.

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