I live in Prince Edward Island, Canada. We have universal health care here. It is reasonable to think that a chronically ill patient would think this was a dream land, compared to the privatized U.S. system. Sadly, I've never been particularly impressed by it.
I see important (previously-seen) doctors approximately once a month (if lucky!). A referral can take up to two years. I have been waiting for a family doctor for two years now.
I can't say that the system hasn't been thorough in their investigations, as I feel like I have had every medical test known to man done! None of these tests have cost me any money, and in this sense I am very lucky. My debt instead comes from the outrageous prices of my medications and the lack of government help regarding the fact that I have never been able to hold down a job.
- Call Social Services and see if anything can be done regarding disability - even if it is only low-income housing!
- Open a joint savings account with Jon to help pay for big purchases/debt.
- Try to raise awareness of those who are considered disabled, yet are falling through the cracks of the system.
I am not impressed by the fact that throughout my years of investigations I was labeled as an over-dramatic and crazy patient for the reactions I had to both medications and situations. Not a health care strong point.
However, I now appear to be properly diagnosed and I am being reasonably managed by the doctors in my life. The problem with small centers is that they always seem behind the times - even in the case of medical knowledge. It has been 11 years, but I can just now say I'm beginning to make real progress, even though I feel more than ever to be falling apart. The mental healing process has started. The unknown has the ability to do horrible things to the psyche.
What was your experience with being diagnosed??