Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 24/3/2013 (1131 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
On a recent night, I found myself in the emergency room of the St. Boniface Hospital with severe stomach pain. Should I complain about the "unacceptable" three-hour wait? Or, after being admitted, that I didn't get warm sheets, as they ran out? Or how about the bland food?
No. Instead consider this: The average price in the United States for an appendix removal is $33,000. Quite frankly, I would find that a financial burden that would affect our family for years to come.
Instead of the nurses (who were fantastic) asking me how I was going to pay the bill before I left, they were more concerned with who was picking me up. St. B nurses, orderlies, doctors and surgeons, I tip my hat to all of you. You performed your highly stressful job with a smile.
To the media: Would you please cover some good-news Manitoba medical stories? I am tired of hearing all that is bad instead of what is so right.