‘I thought I might die at home’: Canada’s health-care system is crumbling, experts say – CTV

Aug. 22, 2022

For 36 hours, Liz LeClair suffered through excruciating abdominal pain and vomiting in her home in Dartmouth, N.S., with no ambulance coming to help.

Her ordeal is just one example of how Canada’s health care system, hugely overburdened and struggling amid worker shortages, needs desperate attention, experts say.

When LeClair was hit with escalating pain earlier this month, she called the province’s virtual health line.

“My signs and symptoms were symptomatic of possibly a bowel obstruction of some kind,” she told CTV News.

But she was told it would be nine hours before she could speak to a nurse.

She called 911 and waited more than two hours for an ambulance. None arrived.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/i-thought-i-might-die-at-home-canada-s-health-care-system-is-crumbling-experts-say-1.6036628

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