Tag: Canadian healthcare

Canada’s healthcare system expensive and underperforming

• April 27, 2013 • Comments (0)

The Globe and Mail’s Jeffrey Simpson says Canadians are finally facing up to the fact that Canada’s healthcare system is both expensive and underperforming.   It is high time for an informed debate rather than rhetoric (starting a discussion on Canada’s precious public healthcare system is like starting a discussion about gun control in a bar [...]

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Biopsy

• April 16, 2013 • Comments (1)

Sorry for the radio silence.   Last Tues, April 9, I went to my endocrinologist, expecting nothing but total routine, same as it’s been for the last 9 years.  Then she told me that my ultrasound showed an abnormal lymph node on the left side of my neck.   That’s the side with my one remaining good [...]

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Category: Canadian health care system, Thyroid cancer, Voice problem

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Write the cheque

• March 6, 2013 • Comments (0)

After I got my voice back, I was in with Marta, one of the clinic’s two speech pathologists,  doing a recording of my voice in the voice clinic’s sound studio.  We were comparing recordings of me before my surgery – with a voice problem – and  then post-surgery, without one.  The software crashed after we’d [...]

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Getting my voice back

• March 4, 2013 • Comments (0)

There’s about a 1 percent change of having your recurrent laryngeal nerve seriously roughed up during a modified radical right neck dissection (a procedure as gruesome as it sounds – they cut your neck half off, and I have the big 24 inch fishhook scar to prove it).  There’s about a zero percent chance of [...]

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Category: Canadian health care system, Voice surgery

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Harvard prof: Patient is the ping pong ball

• March 3, 2013 • Comments (0)

Harvard Business School prof Michael Porter explained last week that the core issue with US healthcare is that it is not organized around the customer – i.e., the patient.   Instead, it is organized around specialties – like endocrinology, cardiology, opthamology, and the like.   The patient with a disease ping pongs between the various doctors she [...]

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Diagnosis

• February 26, 2013 • Comments (0)

After we got the “indefinite wait” for surgery in Toronto, my Mom (who lives in Houston), phoned M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Head and Neck department and secured an appointment about 10 days later.  In the US, if you have the money to pay for the treatment (I ultimately spent about $50,000 in total over ~4 [...]

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The lump in my neck

• February 24, 2013 • Comments (0)

About 3 weeks after our third daughter was born in March 2004, I woke up, stretched, and felt a big lump in my neck.   I thought it was weird enough to go see the doctor, although I was not very concerned, since I’ve never smoked.  I figured it was probably something pregnancy related. My family doc [...]

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