Today I want to share a recent visit to my G.P. with you. Three and a half years ago my G.P. sent a letter of referral to a Rhuematologist (despite protests that I needed to see a Neurologist instead!).
I haven’t mentioned but I am on a medical card (public patient compared to private). Well, lo and behold after 3 and a half years waiting, still no word from any Rhuematologist. This is because people with Medical Cards are treated as second class citizens. I personally know of cases where people have been seen within a week! These people were private patients paying large sums of money.
Back to my G.P.s visit, I have got into the habit of writing a list of questions for him before I visit him. When he saw me pull out my slip of paper, he curled his lips as a sneer. I replied “I don’t appreciate that”.
A heated discussion took place . His words were “The reason so many young people are in wheelchairs is because there is because there is no cure and the specialists don’t want to take on difficult cases”
I could not believe my ears! He also suggested I find a new G.P. and I am now termed as a troublesome patient. Why? Because I had the audacity to ask questions.
The irony is that I cannot change my G.P. (I have tried!) because surgeries do not want to take on medical card holders.
That, in my opinion is wrong.