In Canada we as citizens expect our healthcare to be covered by our government. It is and we have some of the best services available when patients get sick. But why do people flock to private healthcare?
Unfortunately, at times our public healthcare sector slides, with increased wait times, overworked dedicated staff with a result in quick delivery of service. I think we have a good healthcare system in the event that you are sick in emergency. But I know at times even then it is hard to get the personal attention to detail because there is another right behind you.
These scenarios results in a window of opportunity for private healthcare clinics in Calgary. Why wait for services when you can get tests quicker in the private sector. For example if you need an MRI you can pay and skip the queue and get the results that much quicker. What If you want your heart bypass surgery quicker because you may have to wait months? Or you wish to start your cardiac rehabilitation program on your time and quicker versus someone else’s time which will result in delayed treatment.
When you are in the hospital in emergency and you have to wait to get in. The hospitals do their best to triage situations that requires service first. Of course in the event you are having a heart attack or vital emergency you will be brought in quickly and undergo the best standard of care.
But once you are not emergent or if you are not an emergent case you may wait. Waiting to some people is time and money. Private healthcare clinics are popping up all over the place. Physicians themselves see the opportunity to charge a fee or membership to an elite private healthcare service. This form of private healthcare allows physicians to take their time with their patients to address their concerns.
Unfortunately at times physicians lack the time to spend with patients for all the different options for their health. They have usually 5 or so minutes and at times will often look for a quick fix with their prescription pad. Physicians are starting to change their behavior with the influx of private healthcare clinics but it is still difficult when you need to have a full clinic to keep up to the business demands of having a viable public clinic.
Is private healthcare the way to go? Yes and no. You can find a physician or specialists that will take the time who is passionate about what they do in the public healthcare system. Is this viable? Absolutely public healthcare can meet the demands of the patient. However, if you wish to have attention to detail and always have the ability to spend as much time as you need for your healthcare concerns then private healthcare may be an option for you.
Waiting is no fun when it comes to your health and is the number one reason why people will go to private healthcare clinics. When it comes to cardiac rehabilitation, quick access to cardiac rehabilitation can reduce the likelihood of patients having another heart attack�”and reduce their risk of dying by 20 to 30 percent. Do you want to wait?