One of the great things about Twitter is that although you can’t possibly keep an eye on everything, every now and then something flies past that you never would have seen otherwise.
This weekend this extraordinary post caught my eye: How I lost my fear of Universal Health Care. Please read this earnest young mom’s experience. It starts:
When I moved to Canada in 2008, I was a die-hard conservative Republican. So when I found out that we were going to be covered by Canada’s Universal Health Care, I was somewhat disgusted. This meant we couldn’t choose our own health coverage, or even opt out if we wanted to.
I’ve always preferred to stay out of political spitting contests (to put it mildly), because I can’t function when wild accusations fly around. Heck, everything I’ve seen says most people don’t actually know what’s in the health reform law. And besides, what I’m about is patient engagement, not politics. I believe people should be actively engaged and responsible in health and care, and that society should enable that, not block it.
So what I need is real-world examples of how things work out when people try to get care and try to be responsible for their families’ health.
And this young mother relates what she found when she moved to the land of universal care. Partway through the post, she writes –
I started to feel differently about Universal government mandated and regulated Health care. I realized how many times my family had avoided hospital care because of our lack of coverage. When I mentioned to Canadians that I had been in a car accident as a teen and hadn’t gone into the hospital, they were shocked! Here, you always went to the hospital, just in case. And the back issue I had since the accident would have been helped by prescribed chiropractic care which would have been at no cost to me.
When I asked for prayers for my little brother who had been burned in a camping accident, they were all puzzled why the story did not include immediately rushing him to the hospital. When they asked me to clarify and I explained that many people in the States are not insured and they try to put off medical care unless absolutely needed, they literally could not comprehend such a thing.
Read the rest of it, please. It’s just one person on her own journey through life. What she describes matches what I would have expected – after all, prevention costs less than repair – but it makes a difference to hear what a skeptic found.
p.s. It turns out her whole site is an amazing journal of personal inquiry and growth – see “Why I Blog” and her other posts if you want to explore.
p.p.s. Re what’s in America’s reform bill: I’m at a meeting in DC where I just learned from Lance Kilpatrick of AARP that their Health Law Guide asks a few questions and then shows you the parts that are most relevant for you.