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Second-rate health care for the poor

I am a senior of 66 years.

I am thankful that I have never needed the medical system to any degree. Now, I am finally having the cataract removed from each of my eyes.

Apparently there is a waiting list of 6,000-7,000 in B.C. for this operation. After a five-month wait I had my first one done last week. The service, doctor, nurses, etc. were second to none. That I respect. However, what really upsets me is our government.

When you get your cataract done you have a choice between hard or soft lens. The procedure and recovery difference between the two is like night and day.

Here is the kicker: The government will only pay for the hard lens. The patient has to pay $350 each for the soft lens. Cash or cheque, no credit cards!

Once again, the poor get second best, additional discomfort and risk. The best part is that the government will not deduct the hard lens cost from the cost of the soft lens reducing the additional expense to the patient.

Why not? Looks like another cash grab that they perform so well.

J. Kozak

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