NBC: Canadian health care separates an elderly couple

Here, from Elizabeth Chuck:

Elderly Couple Forced to Live Apart Weep in Heartbreaking Photo

Anita and Wolf Gottschalk have been inseparable throughout their 62 years of marriage — but now, the elderly couple has been apart for eight months, forced to say a heartbreaking goodbye over and over again.

Their granddaughter, Ashley Bartyik, says a backlog in the Canadian health care system has made it impossible to move Wolf, 83, out of his transitional nursing home and into the care facility where Anita, 81, is living.

PJ Media’s Pick Moran comments,

Of course, there are exceptions. Some people genuinely care about their jobs and the people they service. But we’re dealing with the one thing that eludes the statists who support government-run healthcare: human nature. Government workers, like most of us, need some kind of incentive to perform our duties adequately. In the private sector, fear of being fired for incompetence or laziness is a wonderful inducement to success. Bonuses and the promise of advancement are also good motivators.

Reality check: It’s happening all over. Government workers can be a problem but the fact is, politicians failed to collect enough tax money for a health care crisis they had to know they would be facing—because tax increases are unpopular. Now the old seniors are paying the price.

A problem another family I know of is dealing with is this: In order to minimize the problem, in Ontario, health care bureaucrats have taken to asking retirement home residents who qualify for government-paid nursing care if they feel they really “need” care and emphasizing their right to refuse treatment.

Of course they have a right to refuse treatment, but so what? Psychologically, it sounds like the nurse is saying that the resident doesn’t really need treatment. One resident, somewhat confused, found her services cancelled and her file erased – and ended up back in the hospital, significantly worse off.

What kind of health care practice is that, anyway? The professional should study the situation and tell the resident what she thinks she needs, for best health and well-being, and take the conversation from there.

But they can’t afford to do that any more. After the resident’s services were cancelled, she could still buy services from the agency but the costs were badly inflated. It cost $75 to get a personal services worker to come and help her put on her pajamas. But I could get an RN footcare specialist to visit another senior for $35 a visit (private, no bureaucracy).

It’s not hard to see what was going on.

Anyway, a residence worker tipped off a younger relative of the cancelled senior to make sure to sit by the phone the next time this came up, and coach the senior: Don’t say no! .

It ended well in this case but increasingly, it won’t.

  • What a horrid mess.

    • Clausewitz

      There is no dignity in the Canadian Health Care system.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    The government either has enough money always that they borrow or take from us.
    So, what is really going on?
    By the way, Boomers, you voted for this forty five years ago.
    When I was a ten year old kid in the mid seventies I could have told you how this would end up.
    Fucking goofballs are finally getting what you deserve.

    • Alain

      No, I did NOT vote for this any more than I voted for either Trudeau. Yes, unfortunately there continue to be enough idiots who vote, but I find the worst ones are the younger generations who bought into the all cultures and religions are equal etc.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Sorry Alain.
        I love you man.

        • I, too, know the pain of having been accused of voting for because I’m a member of a certain demographic. *Cough* Billy *cough*.

  • Alain

    What suprises me here the most is a news coverage that doesn’t paint our socialised health care system as the greatest things since sliced bread.

  • occupant 9

    Yes, we’ve been fleeced. The crime is large and generational. It is already worse under Justin the Most Idiot.

    I would have long ago stopped all foreign aid once, long ago, it was realized we couldn’t afford to pay for our own future. Along with that would go ALL family reunification programs that brought in even MORE elderly with scores of health problems we end up paying for.

    But this is the result of politicians who see the nation they swore to protect as a plaything to give away.

  • Frances

    These two are fortunate; at least they are able to get together. Google the case of Al and Fanny Albo of Rossland – ten years ago, a medically frail Mrs Albo was transferred to a long-term care bed almost two hours’ drive from their home in Rossland, far from the husband to whom she had been married almost 70 years and who had looked after her until just a couple of months before. The transfer was sudden, and Mrs Albo died two days later, alone and far from home and family.

  • Canadian Born

    The government says we have to do this so we can have the millions and millions and millions of dollars to help refugees and immigrants that need to come to Canada. They need places to live and healthcare and money to live on. Isn’t our country great?

  • Justin St.Denis

    I am currently dealing with my third cancer in 15 years. I have observed that non-medical staff (healthcare workers) have an extremely inflated view of their own importance. I look years younger than my age, and am tall and muscular. But I have seen people my age patronized, antagonized and bullied by such healthcare workers. Women healthcare workers and volunteers (usually women) are particularly guilty of this, unfortunately. I am not in any way sexist, nor is my wife. But when we go to Sunnybrook, we steel ourselves for the usual confrontations with non-medically trained healthcare workers (usually female). It is what it is here in Ontario, but my sister tells me that Alberta is worse, and a brother tells me B.C. seems to be plagued by the same problem. Socialized healthcare facilitates this abuse.

  • Gubmint Dontluvme

    A piece of advice: Never enter a “health care” facility without an advocate who loves you. The gubmint workers ain’t gonna care for s’mbiddy they ain’t luv.