***Let me state that I truly do not understand the healthcare system for my neighbors to the south of the border***
Yesterday I just happened to look at all my medications, on how much they would cost me if I did not have compassionate help from my province. That left me uneasy because I can see the top of the hill when I will turn sixty-five.
I read and hear in the news about the price of prescriptions keep going higher. There are those who must make a choice, medication or basic necessities.
Then there are the wait times for diagnostic scans. My last MRI I waited nine months. I am now waiting again for another one.
I realized yesterday that when I write about mental health I write it with a bit of a bubble. I forget that not everyone has basic healthcare for free.
I cannot imagine how many in America at this time, this place, are coping especially when it comes to health care. All I understand is that in the States you have to buy coverage through an insurance company. So I guess if you do not have that insurance you have no access to the healthcare system.
It is my understanding that the emergency departments are overwhelmed at the best of times, I hear that for some it is the only access they have to seek medical help. Then what, the Physician gives you a prescription but if you cannot afford it then basically you still do not have access to the system.
Now life has so many challenges, housing, food, school, taxes, and health. It can be smooth if you have a job to go to, that pay a living wage where you are not below the poverty line.
Now add to all of that a new challenge, mental health issues. It must be feel like hell if you are one of those who cannot access healthcare.
I am sure that there are horrendous stories right here in my own country of Canada. I can remember how my grandparents did not jump to go to see a doctor, they had remedies they would use instead. It came to my thought the reason for this. Canada at one time did not have the healthcare system that we have now. They would have had to pay for the doctor’s visit, pay for child birth. My generation and those that follow know nothing else but our current system.
So dear reader to have good mental health you need to have access to good healthcare! My heart goes out to those who are struggling at this time!