Date: Saturday, July 14, 2007 12:33 PM
Subject: My Father...
My name is Tyler, I’m 25 years old and live in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. I just finished watching the Larry King Live interview with you and Dr. Gupta. I wanted to comment on Universal Health Care, and share my story with you and everyone, so you can see the true miracle of it. I haven’t made it to the theatre to catch “Sicko” yet but I definitely want to.
Universal Health Care is something I hold near and dear to my heart. Actually, let me rephrase that... It’s something I hold near and dear to my Fathers heart. My father has always been a hard working honest man. He earned a living as a custodian for the Ottawa School Board for 23 years.
June 1999 my Father and I were moving furniture around in the living room when I looked over and saw him rubbing his left arm. I asked if he was Ok. He told me he didn’t know. I said let's take a break for a bit. Dad sat down on the couch for a while and I went to grab some water for us. When I returned, Dad was clenching his chest and told me something was wrong. I picked him up and scrambled him into the family minivan and rushed him to the hospital. When we arrived I told the receptionist, “I think my Dads having a heart attack.“ They rushed out to the van and swooped him into the hospital. They ran some tests and when all was said and done they told me Dad had suffered a stroke.
Unfortunately this was only the beginning of my father’s health problems. In the summer of 2001 Dad suffered another stroke. This time it was a really bad one and had him in the hospital for nearly 6 months. When he was released he was unable to work and we began to notice that he had suffered some memory loss. Summer 2002 a blood clot that was in my fathers system traveled up to his heart and caused a heart attack. He was hospitalized for 3 months. Then to top it off In Winter of 2003 he was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (Cancer). He underwent several treatments including radiation. The radiation had a positive affect on his cancer but a negative affect on his Kidneys. They both failed on him weeks into his treatment. He went onto dialysis.
Each day my father spent in Hospital cost close to $1000.00. So we’ve been able to calculate that all together it cost nearly $250,000.00 for all my fathers medical expenses.
The amazing part about the $250,000.00 is... my father, my family, myself... didn’t have to pay a dime.
My family and I are so grateful to live in a country like Canada that has free healthcare. If we lived in the USA we would be broke, homeless and worst of all, my father would probably not be with us today.
One day everything is fine, the next day you’re sick. It happens that quickly. Universal Health Care saved my life and my fathers.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada