Premier Greg Selinger and Health Minister Theresa Oswald just gave me a belated 65th birthday present — a free abdominal ultrasound.
My doctor told me all about it this morning. It tests for all sorts of awful things that could go wrong when you’re old, including liver, and kidneys, and gallbladder, and pancreas. It also detects for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which would be far more of a problem had I ever been foolish enough to smoke.
Pretty nifty, eh? Someone in the health care system will phone and let me know when and where to go. I’d never heard of it before, but my doctor says seniors get the preventive and precautionary freebie.
And the goodies from the NDP for being old just keep on coming.
Manitoba Health sent a letter this week telling me I’m eligible to get my pneumococcal immunization, "which can prevent a serious type of pneumonia, blood infections, and meningitis."
Free, as is the flu vaccine, for seniors.
Greg and Theresa, you sure know how to chase the vote of an urban senior in a riding which will be critical to the outcome of the next provincial election — while also helping to up the odds that I’ll still be around to cast a vote.
You haven’t sealed the deal yet, though — I’m still waiting to hear your promise to have portable washrooms at every soccer field in Manitoba by next April. A hint, Greg, that Brian Pallister has been silent on that crucial issue, and you know how perilous it would be if you let the Tories stake out that ground first, even more dangerous should the Liberals be the first.
Meanwhile, Brian, you might have a word with Ron Schuler — he’ll tell you how vital that infrastructure deficit is.
Meanwhile, ready whenever the ultrasound technician is.