The story of my father who had to wait 12 hours last night to be seen at the emergency room of a large new hospital in Montreal last night (and will now wait who knows how long for a doctor to come by) points to the main reason for Canada’s COVID lunacy. Their healthcare system doesn’t work. The smallest additional stress causes a complete collapse.
But instead of using COVID as a wakeup call and a move towards reform, the authorities decided to shuffle the blame onto the people. They don’t self-isolate, mask and vaccinate well enough, so it’s their fault. Let’s set them at each other because while they are busy snitching on their neighbors they don’t notice our incompetence.
There is nothing more neoliberal than this. Everything that happens is your fault because you weren’t a careful and productive manager of your own life. Both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated are screwed by this healthcare system but they hate each other instead of demanding accountability from those who made it so.
It’s impossible to know for sure until my father gets seen by a doctor but I strongly suspect that his current health issue was caused by medical negligence in the first place. Just like my friend who died of cancer in Canada at the age of 51 was killed by several instances of medical negligence in an overworked, overwhelmed, idiotically set up system. First, they didn’t bother to diagnose her until it was too late. Then they operated on a terminal patient for a condition she didn’t have and that wasn’t going to improve the inoperable cancer, created massive pain where there had been none, and sent her home with a massive supply of morphine, which she took to end the pain.
I remember showing up at a Canadian emergency room at the age of 24 with what I now know was a very obvious hypertensive episode. And nobody even bothered to take my blood pressure, which would have taken exactly 3 minutes. Instead, I was told it must be a rare virus and to take Tylenol. Which is well-known for its success in treating rare viruses and especially for stopping their transmission.
Incompetence, carelessness, and stupidity. This is why whenever people start with “we should have a healthcare system like in Canada,” I get into fits of rage.