After two weeks of coughing, I finally decided to go see a doctor. I didn’t really want to go but everybody was getting on my back to do so. When my new boss told me that it would be a good idea to take care of that cough over the week-end, I understood that it would not be smart of not coming in because I am sick over the next week if I didn’t go to the clinic this weekend.
It’s , I’m in there since and my coffee and donut are pretty far away now. My laptop battery is running low and so is my patience. I guess this is the beauty behind a free healthcare service; you don’t pay in money, but you do pay with your time. So here is my question: How much 4 hours (hopefully!) of my time really worth?
Maybe I am just a big whiner, but I don’t think we should wait that long. This is where I started thinking about how much I would pay to spend less than 30 minutes waiting to see a doctor and get back with my family to play outside. $10 ?, $20 ? $50?
Yes, this morning I would have paid those 50 bucks just to get the hell out of here. After all, I’m only coughing, I’m not dying. I could easily enjoy myself with my family doing something else. Instead, I am stuck waiting and I know that my son would not be able to go at the winter festival organized by our city since I will not come back early enough.
Do you think it would be a good idea of giving the population the choice between a free and a private healthcare service? The fact that I am willing to pay for a visit in order to not wait not only serves my own situation; it will also leave my place in the public system for somebody else that can’t afford private service.
Some people say that it would create two different level of service and that the less fortunate would be left with no resources. I disagree with that. In fact, people that use private service will still be paying their share of taxes and finance the public service. Therefore, the government would not loose a penny to operate the healthcare service.
Then they say it would encourage doctors and nurses to leave the public and go private. Well guess what, it’s been about twenty years that
So the final result for today is: I left my place at , got to the clinic at and got off the clinic with a prescription (for pumps) at . Anybody thinks it is normal?
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