My grandson has to go for an echo-cardiogram tomorrow morning

@judyt00 (3504)
Canada
March 25, 2007 3:28pm CST
When he was just a few days old, the doctor noticed a heart murmur, and he had one then, He had anotherat 8 months, and was supposed to have one at 4 years. However, the wait time is so long that he is just getting it now at 6 years old. Its really sad, because health care is supposed to be universal herein Canada, but really, the doctors will push the child of a celebrity or politician to the front of the line. What is even sadder, is that they sedate the kids when all they have to do to most of them is just let them go to sleep at night and they will sleep through anything. Little kids arealmost impossible to wake, and if they did thenon invasive tests at night, not only would it free up rooms and ORs but they wopuldn't have to use drugs
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@mobyfriend (1019)
• Netherlands
26 Mar 07
I'm sorry your grandson has a heart murmur. Do they know what caused it? That might be the reason they will only screen him every few years. I sure hope that now or in the future there will be a solution for your grandson's heartproblems. But you could be right that the health care sucks and that some people get a more favourable treatment.
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@judyt00 (3504)
• Canada
26 Mar 07
He has mild mitral valve stenosis, and the cardiology surgeon said not to worry, that its not anything they do anything about. He'll never be able to join he army, but that's really no big loss, since he is such a sensitive little bug any way.
• United States
25 Mar 07
Hospitals and doctors don't seem to care much about you unless you have money seems to me. They are way over priced on things they do. I just had ear surgery adn the bill they billed my insurance was $5500 for outpatient and one day in a room. I think that is terrible. They try to get a much as they can and run tests they don't need too do. I hope your grandson turns out okay.
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@judyt00 (3504)
• Canada
25 Mar 07
Here in Canada, its the opposite, The doctors andnurses don't get paid as much as in the states, andthey just don't seem tocare as much. Often, our really sick people have to go to theStates for treatment because of bed closures and not enough doctors. In March alone Calgary has had to send 7 pregnantwomen to thestates to give birth because they werehigh risk, andthere aren't enough beds available at any of the hospitals for high risk deliveries.