Heart­felt thanks for our health care

Montreal Gazette - - OPINION -

With ev­ery­thing that has been said and writ­ten about our health sys­tem in gen­eral and the MUHC in par­tic­u­lar, this re­cent per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence should help set the clocks right.

On Aug. 12, I suf­fered a heart at­tack. My wife called 911, and an am­bu­lance showed up within min­utes.

Dur­ing the drive to the Royal Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal at the Glen — my choice — I was treated with as­pirin and nitro, and an elec­tro­car­dio­gram (ECG) was done.

Upon ar­rival at the emer­gency ward, a team of doc­tors, nurses and at­ten­dants took over, and the car­di­ol­o­gist on duty showed up within min­utes.

I was set on mon­i­tor and an IV tube was in­serted. Af­ter hav­ing been con­stantly mon­i­tored and checked overnight, in my own room, I was trans­ferred to a pri­vate room in the car­diac ward.

More tests were per­formed, in­clud­ing an echocar­dio­gram, an an­giogram, hourly mon­i­tor­ing of my vi­tal signs, lung func­tion and more ECGs, fol­lowed by an­gio­plasty to in­stall a stent and a med­i­cated bal­loon on a main and sec­ondary artery, re­spec­tively.

Upon my re­lease from hos­pi­tal, I was pro­vided with a writ­ten de­scrip­tion of the prob­lem, the pro­ce­dures per­formed, the med­i­ca­tion pre­scrip­tion and ad­vice on post-trau­matic care, be­hav­iour and diet.

The care I re­ceived was noth­ing less than per­fect. Ev­ery­one — from the am­bu­lance at­ten­dants to the clean­ing per­son­nel — was highly pro­fes­sional, ded­i­cated, com­pe­tent, nice and wel­com­ing, and ad­dressed me in the lan­guage of my choice.

The rooms were clean and equipped with state-of-theart equip­ment.

I can only ex­press the most sin­cere thanks to all and to a health-care sys­tem that per­formed with­out a flaw.

I feel lucky to be a Cana­dian and liv­ing in Que­bec. As I told an in­quis­i­tive U.S. doc­tor a few years ago: “In Canada, if you are sick, you are treated very well and you don’t have to mort­gage your house or de­clare bank­ruptcy.”

An­dré Si­mard, Laval

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