I suppose when one has never been homeless most of us fail to understand the deprivation and struggle an individual goes through. I have never been homeless so have no idea how hard it must be for those unfortunate people who are. However, not having a doctor must be somewhat similar, perhaps less severe than having no shelter, but still critical when ill. I have been fortunate to have always had a doctor. Nevertheless, it got me thinking about those unfortunate people that do not have access to medical care. There are thousands all across Canada. I dare say there are those who would disagree with my comparison of homeless vs no doctor. Hardly the same thing or same emergency, after all anyone can seek medical attention at the local hospital. In my case if I’d been homeless when I became seriously ill would I have survived or got the treatment required without a family doctor. My family doctor was unsure what was wrong, and referred me to two different specialist before a diagnoses was confirmed. I had a very rare and serious life threatening blood decease. My family doctor explained it was so rare most doctors never see a case in their entire careers. Had I been without a doctor and attended out patients would I have received the same urgency in what is always a very busy place? Fortunately I don’t need to answer that question, I survived and returned to a reasonable degree of health. I receive regular checkups from my family doctor. I don’t want to claim one lack is more serious than the other, they both are extremely important to the person in need. Governments really need to act and attempt to eliminate or at least reduce both issues. Of course I understand, we will always have homeless and sick, but I believe it could be greatly improved with real effort on the part of politicians.
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