There is no doubt about it, living with a chronic illness is expensive (more about this in a future post). In the meantime, please visit Lene's post, where she courageously shares her story on the cost of living with a chronic illness.
Despite the high cost of a chronic illness, I am thankful that I was born in this wonderful country, where I can present my medical card* and:
- visit the doctor
- go for lab work
- have specialized tests such as an M.R.I. or C.T. scan
- be treated at the Emergency Room
- get in-hospital physiotherapy and occupational therapy
- have surgery
- and more...
...all without worrying whether I would have to sell my soul, just to seek medical attention.
On this Canada Day, I choose to focus on the positives of our health care system and give thanks for what we still have this system in place. I also wish to express my gratitude to the many wonderful and skilled health care professionals I have had the good fortune to meet.
May future generations have the same, or even better, access to care!
*Health Care Cards are issued by each province or territory. This card allows access to insured health care services.