I am one of those selfish persons who presumes that Iâ€™m entitled to health care. Just because Iâ€™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 â€œcounter and wall walk.â€ 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 â€œbrokeâ€ the descent with my arm. Something was damaged in my shoulder as a result of the mishap.
Iâ€™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): â€œThereâ€™s nothing we can do.â€
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, Iâ€™ve dug in my heels.
Gord Weitzel, Langley