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PostPosted: January 20th, 2007, 7:59 pm 
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often makes me wonder if we get the bottom of the barrel when it comes to drs, i mean i have had a few awesome ones.....two i believe, but both have died so it really leaves the barrel almost empty.........



i pointed this out earlier in the thread, and got jumped on for it. as i said before, we have poor facililities, poor equipment, and little money for dr's, is that a recipe fr the best and brightest?


really tho, why would the best and brightest come here? .....Only and idiot would spend tonnes on an education, and then go to a spot where they are on call 24/7 and get paid half of what anyone else is getting......sorry but red dirt and some red pigtails just arent worth it..........


exactly the point i was trying to make. if we at least had eqip, and fac. it would help make up for the lack of dollars to a degree.


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i thought they do have equipment that they can't get technitions to run to go along with the DR shortage. thought i heard something on cbc while back about a new machine sittin in the corner covered cause they didn't have a tech to run it..

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look at the mamogram machines.... so old they had dust on the lenses, alomost didnt get them approved. the beds that are there are alomost antique, the cat scan is outdated, the list goes on and on.


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i thought they do have equipment that they can't get technitions to run to go along with the DR shortage. thought i heard something on cbc while back about a new machine sittin in the corner covered cause they didn't have a tech to run it..


This is true - or was a couple months ago. THey called me for my "urgent ultrasound" two weeks after the baby was born, which was three months after the doctor called the requisition in.


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lol should of went and let them do the ultrasound and freaked out when they didn't find any "buns in the oven"... lol

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i thought they do have equipment that they can't get technitions to run to go along with the DR shortage. thought i heard something on cbc while back about a new machine sittin in the corner covered cause they didn't have a tech to run it..


One million dollar machine that sits practically unused is the one that does bone scans to check for osteoporosis. They have a part time technician that works a half day a week running the machine. So unlike other provinces where the wait time for these scans is two weeks or less, the wait here is about 2 years. And because of that wait, sometimes by the time osteo is diagnosed, it is almost too late anyway for any truly effective treatment.

But what the heck, eh Chester? That really only affects women for the most part, eh? And besides, osteoporosis isn't exactly immediately life threatening, is it? (even the it will cost taxpayers millions upon millions down the road when those 40-something women who go undiagnosed now reach their 60's) Nice to know where your priorities are, Chester. Ooooooo, and now prenatal ultrasounds according to Paella? Oh right, that really only impacts women too, doesn't it?


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Yes, it would seem that women and family are low in priority with this government. This government has also allowed the number of children living in poverty on PEI, to increase.

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My oldest daughter has a ureter reflux and needs to have a cystogram done - they called the requisition in August to radiology. On January 2nd I called the peds office to see what the heck was up because she should've certainly been called in for the scan by now (checking to see if her urine is backtracking to the kidney still - as it will 'kill' the kidney if it reaches it).

Anyway, long story short, the doctor called radiology and demanded the cystogram be scheduled - soonest is for mid-March. Yeesh.


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None of this is for you to decide.

10 bucks and 30 minutes is not going ot be a huge loss in your life.

Compare what you went thru - what another person might go thru - and 30 minutes.

No brainer.

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I think that's kind of harsh. Obviously not words from somebody who was victimized and knows what victims go through.

Those 30 minutes could turn into years for her.


My 30 minutes six years ago have turned into a life time.

I had a doctor prescribe the wrong medication - nearly kill me and then try to sluff it off. I was able to successfully file a complaint - have him sanctioned - but under the then rules of the college - the information could not be made public. I can only hope the doctor got smarter.

She already has the years of suffering sadly. The objective now is to ensure that another person is never subjected to the same type of dangerous medical care.

I'll live with my affliction now - and will for the rest of my life - and every time it hits and knocks me down I remember that a**hole and his smirk when he tried to blame everyone else and not himself for writing the wrong script.

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Phil how long did you have to wait for a decision from the College after you filed your complaint


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My oldest daughter has a ureter reflux and needs to have a cystogram done - they called the requisition in August to radiology. On January 2nd I called the peds office to see what the heck was up because she should've certainly been called in for the scan by now (checking to see if her urine is backtracking to the kidney still - as it will 'kill' the kidney if it reaches it).

Anyway, long story short, the doctor called radiology and demanded the cystogram be scheduled - soonest is for mid-March. Yeesh.


My oldest granddaughter had (has) the same condition. By the time her parents got her through all the roadblocks (cystogram delays and a doctor reluctant to pass her on to a specialist in the first place) and got her over to Halifax, doctors there said that it would be touch and go saving the kidney. Four years later and I don't know how many hundreds or thousands dollars spent by her parents on medications and repeated trips to Halifax, it looks like they might have been in time. But none of all that hardship would have been incurred had there not been such a huge delay in getting a relatively simple test done.


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My oldest daughter has a ureter reflux and needs to have a cystogram done - they called the requisition in August to radiology. On January 2nd I called the peds office to see what the heck was up because she should've certainly been called in for the scan by now (checking to see if her urine is backtracking to the kidney still - as it will 'kill' the kidney if it reaches it).

Anyway, long story short, the doctor called radiology and demanded the cystogram be scheduled - soonest is for mid-March. Yeesh.


It can do more than kill the kidney...if it does reach the kidney, it can become toxic and kill her...
one thing about medical procedures done here.. you must be demanding in order to get them..
I hope all goes well.. I'd hate for another kid to have to go through what I've gone through in the last 15 years..

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Well she was originally diagnosed in Alberta (over the course of less then a week after her first urinary tract infection - very impressive at the speed)...and so she's been on antibiotics every since - two years now. So this test will tell us if it's gotten worse or hopefully has repaired itself (it was a grade 2 reflux at the time).


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Yes, it would seem that women and family are low in priority with this government. This government has also allowed the number of children living in poverty on PEI, to increase.


so very true - and so very sad.


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I got the first letter in 2 weeks - basically the standard we thank you etc - about 6 months later I got a second letter saying it had been investigated - the doctor spoke to - and they considered the file closed.

I talked to my doctor about it - (he is now dead also) - and he explained to me how the college worked and that going after the matter would make little sense. And he was not one to hold back if he thought he could get the college on the carpet.

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I checked out RateMD.com today and found that to rate certain doctors on the PEI section, you must now be a registered member. It's free, but it seems there have been some negative comments or something to cause this change.


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As for getting a lawyer, i do agree if you can do it. Dont assume that you will be able to just ' get over it ' when its been eating at you for 2 yrs. That is just not healthy for you. It cant hurt to at least check into it, i do agree with phil, and i dont think he's trying to be heartless, i just think he just would like to see you get some justice for it. Even if you get no money out of it, at least it will go public and people will be more aware of what this Dr is like.


My family doctor, in Nova Scotia, has been holding my files for 3 years...waiting for permission to send them 'somewhere'...so far, no takers..not even the clinics. there's also labs and x-rays at the qeh, from 18 months ago...all show a history of a very large spleen and 3 fused vertebrae in my neck...a birth defect i didn't know about until i was 50. The specialist at the qeh told me that the bloodwork showed a marginally elevated white cell count, likely from the enlarged spleen.

I also had an ultra sound, which confirmed the enlarged spleen. When i left the hospital, 2 specialists signed off on the reports, telling me that they would be sent to my 'family doctor' when i got one. They told me that once i left the hospital, they could not go any further. What an utterly stupid system.

i am getting headaches every day now...likely from nerve damage via the vertebrae...maybe something else...

my doctor in NS thinks i should keep careful track of what's going on...he says someone has to go after the government here...

So, would/will i sue if i can prove deterioration of health due to provincial health neglect? You bet your ass i'll get a good lawyer to at least look at it.

This province is famous for burying its medical malfunctions....but now it seems we have a health care plan designed to impede recovery from serious health concerns.

But someone has 1,400.00 bucks for a long taxi???

It is criminal...the mentality, i mean...


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I had an issue with a Doctor I had been to see. I was so disappointed in the quality of care I got from him I filed a complaint with the College. After a review I was told the issue was handled "internally". Was never told what that meant.

I then started seeing a new Doctor, who issued several medical tests as I had been quite sick at the time. The Provincial government refused to allowed several tests to be done, as I (as a patient) was only allowed to have the test once a year, and their records showed I had the test only a few months previously. I knew I had not had them. Apparently, my previous Doctor had no problem billing for tests which were never done ... my new Doctor some how got around it, said it would be easier to fill out new paper work then file an inquiry/appeal. When I told him I would gladly file a complaint to the College, his reply "The ink, paper and time would be better spent on writing to Santa Clause."

Mind you this was almost 15 years ago. Two years later the same Doctor was sued by a patient, dont know what the outcome was, but I do remember her complaint was very similar to mine ... poor care, un-necessary tests, excessive appointments and eventually finding out tests were billed but never done ...

I didn't like the way the College handed things at the time. I wrote a letter, in detail ... and they told me they would only contact me if they needed to follow up. SO I complained, they talked to the Doctor and then they made their decision, leaving me to accept it.

Worse yet, I could have followed up and complained more, but at the time I was dealing with my health. When I was better and healthy, no one wanted to hear from me, because I was healthy. I certainly didn't want to lose the good Doctor I had, by complaining about his co-workers.

Darned if you do, darned if you don't.

regardless though, wouldn't want the stress involved in their jobs.


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i know in the time it took the medical community to diagnose my wife, she had one test done over a half dozen times... same test too. one dr ordered it 5 times in a year and half time frame, and the specialist ordered it as well, so i'm not sure about the whole gov't wont allow it thing, but then maybe times have changed.


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As for getting a lawyer, i do agree if you can do it. Dont assume that you will be able to just ' get over it ' when its been eating at you for 2 yrs. That is just not healthy for you. It cant hurt to at least check into it, i do agree with phil, and i dont think he's trying to be heartless, i just think he just would like to see you get some justice for it. Even if you get no money out of it, at least it will go public and people will be more aware of what this Dr is like.


My family doctor, in Nova Scotia, has been holding my files for 3 years...waiting for permission to send them 'somewhere'...so far, no takers..not even the clinics. there's also labs and x-rays at the qeh, from 18 months ago...all show a history of a very large spleen and 3 fused vertebrae in my neck...a birth defect i didn't know about until i was 50. The specialist at the qeh told me that the bloodwork showed a marginally elevated white cell count, likely from the enlarged spleen.

I also had an ultra sound, which confirmed the enlarged spleen. When i left the hospital, 2 specialists signed off on the reports, telling me that they would be sent to my 'family doctor' when i got one. They told me that once i left the hospital, they could not go any further. What an utterly stupid system.

i am getting headaches every day now...likely from nerve damage via the vertebrae...maybe something else...

my doctor in NS thinks i should keep careful track of what's going on...he says someone has to go after the government here...

So, would/will i sue if i can prove deterioration of health due to provincial health neglect? You bet your ass i'll get a good lawyer to at least look at it.

This province is famous for burying its medical malfunctions....but now it seems we have a health care plan designed to impede recovery from serious health concerns.

But someone has 1,400.00 bucks for a long taxi???

It is criminal...the mentality, i mean...



be careful , red dirt will be in here telling you how great the medical system is. i expect there working on the spin for your case now :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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be careful , red dirt will be in here telling you how great the medical system is. i expect there working on the spin for your case now :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


its terrible, and pathetic....and even though i have had issues with health care in Nova Scotia...my understanding is that the quality is still heads and shoulders above what it is here. i have family who have moved back to nova scotia, under the recommendation of their 'from away' second opinion [a very valuable resource]....their heath had deteriorated and there was no minimum standard of medicine being practiced here....and if it did happen it was not done consistently enough to be effective...

i remember a time, not so long ago....when one could at least have a family doctor. It's ludicrous. I've been to the walk in clinic at Friendly Pharmacy. Each time i go there, the physician comes in with a folder and 1 sheet of paper. Not even a history of what my half dozen visits over the last two-and-a-half years, was on record...apparently, its common practice for the doctor i was seeing, to take the files with him...likely for billing purposes...there was no history to refer too...no credibility....always starting at the beginning again and being told to find a 'family doctor'...if i hear that one more time.....

no preventative medicine....just patches and quick fixes....you'd almost think 'they're' [MIB] trying to get through the 'glut' of boomers, quickly... 8) :roll:


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