Letter: No payment for no health care service

Dear Editor,

I am one of those selfish persons who presumes that I’m entitled to health care. Just because I’ve paid premiums and increased provincial and federal taxes since universal health care was implemented in this country in 1966, I have the audacity to expect health care service in a timely manner.

I am a disabled person who has lost most of the control of my legs and must rely on my arms for transferring, for using my walker, and to “counter and wall walk.” My shoulder is to me at least as important as is a hip to an able-bodied person.

In mid-September of last year I had a fall and “broke” the descent with my arm. Something was damaged in my shoulder as a result of the mishap.

I’ve been to my family doctor where I received a steroid shot, the pain clinic at Langley Memorial Hospital where I received another steroid injection, to a physiotherapist for treatment, and finally to a chiropractic doctor for further treatment, all with negative results.

My G.P. referred me for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), followed by a referral to an orthopedic surgeon.

The soonest I could be booked for an MRI was mid-July of this year. I have no idea when the orthopedic surgeon can see me, but expect it to be well after the MRI.

Needless to say, I balked at the delay. I sent a letter to the Fraser Health Authority and described my circumstances and asked for special consideration.

Their response (too bad, so sad): “There’s nothing we can do.”

Well, it seems reasonable to expect health care service if I am paying premiums and am not delinquent in any way. So I am giving notice to the B.C. government and to the Fraser Health Authority that I am withholding my monthly Medical Services Plan Premiums effective immediately.

I understand that the provincial government has a ruthless collection agency, and I expect much harassment. Well, I’ve dug in my heels.

Gord Weitzel, Langley

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