“Hello. I’m Laura Hillier: I’m in the ICU . . . I can’t breathe. Soon, a tube will be stuck down my throat again. And for feeding as well. And I won’t be able to talk. They said I may not wake up but I really hope I do. But if I don’t, I hope this never happens to anyone ever again. And that the government sees that there needs to be funding. Because people are dying when we can save them. We can save these people. Please help. Thank you.”
These words are taken from the Toronto Star news item “Plea from dying teen: Please help” (1), and were recorded by Laura Hillier several months before her death at the age of 18 from acute myeloid leukemia.
The story is lengthy, and well-worth reading both by those directly affected, and by readers from the U.S. who may gain some insight into the positives and negatives of socialized medicine.
I tend to believe that some services are best provided by government, but the sad story of Laura Hillier and her eventual death while waiting for a life-saving stem-cell transplant that never came, is an infuriating example of how things can go wrong if we let them, and of the utter devastation that can be visited upon a public health service that finds itself in competition for tax dollars with other government programmes – especially if those other programmes are held sacred by Liberal and Socialist dogma.
Normally I don’t write about such subjects, but this one is important, and the death of Laura Hillier and those many others unknown to us, hits a chord. And now that I am just a couple of weeks from my 70th birthday, which will follow my second hip replacement by just two days, I am acutely aware that although I have paid into the system from 1966 until my retirement, the services I will be depending upon for the remainder of my life may be delayed or even denied because of the stresses placed upon the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) by Trudeau’s beloved Syrian “refugees”, massive Third-World immigration, and the associated costs in terms of housing, social services, education, policing, and last but not least – medical care.
It is interesting to note that in the Chaoulli v Quebec (AG) court decision of 2005, three Supreme Court justices pronounced Quebec’s health insurance monopoly, (which like OHIP also forbids private medical insurance), to be a violation of the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, and of Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, saying: “Access to a waiting list is not access to health care” (2). Something to think about…
The safety and security that people my age invested our entire lives working for is being freely squandered on foreigners by vote-buying Liberals who regard their sacred mission as far more important than such mundane matters as looking after the people they are paid to serve.
(1) – Read “Plea from dying teen: Please help” here.
(2) – Read about Chaoulli -v- Quebec (AG) here.