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.

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