Those Emergency Blues: “We Don’t Care What’s On Your Head. We Care What’s In It.”

So there’s this thing in Quebec which I’m sure my Canadian readers have heard of and maybe also a few of my American readers, which involves the Quebec government devising some legislation called the Charter of Quebec Values. I have to say “charters” and “values” are nice happy positive words, and Quebec is filled with ...

Those Emergency Blues: Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate the Nurse

An unpleasant, no, ugly and unfortunate situation at Victoria General Hospital is preventing a woman from seeing her son. From the National Post article: A 73-year-old woman who travelled to Victoria from South Africa to care for her seriously ill son has been banned from Victoria General Hospital after she says she tapped a nurse ...

Those Emergency Blues: The Insanity of It All

Warning: my semi-annual politicalish post. When I read this, I admit I gawped: $26,659: Our 2011 Medical Expenses  Yes, you read that right. And we had insurance coverage for everyone last year, including daughter, 16, and my son who is 23 years old. Let me break it down for you: Insurance Premiums……………..$14,179.04 Prescription Costs…………………$ 7,198.00* Doctors ...

Those Emergency Blues: A Nasty, Medically Unnecessary, Coercive Procedure

This is just grostesque: A Republican supermajority has muscled two of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in years through the Virginia House, despite bitter yet futile objections from Democrats, with one GOP delegate deriding most of the procedures as “matters of lifestyle convenience.” You want to put what where? [SNIP] And the ultrasound legislation would ...