I went to emergency three months ago because for I week, there was blood in my stool. I came and and the receptionist asked for my care card. I proceeded to the nurse’s station, they checked my vital signs and asked several questions. After that, they said to wait. After half an hour, they called me and told me that to go to the room they pointed. I went there, laid on the hospital bed wearing the gown. I waited and didn’t notice the time. Phlebotomist entered and extracted blood, a nurse had put a machine on my finger to monitor my pulse rate, a doctor came in to check me. I waited for four hours, they didn’t give me any medication and referred me to a gastroenterologist.
Now, three months had passed, the assistant called me and said when I am available for the check up. I said a date, which is today.
Since I was coming from work, and it was so busy, I finished a little late but informed the receptionist that I will be 15 minute late. I arrived at the exact time I predicted. The receptionist then called my name and that I can go inside the doctor’s office.
I came in, the doctor asked me questions. I also told her that my upper part of abdomen, which is the left side is painful. It is tolerable but it doesn’t go away, with or without food. She asked me if I wanted to do a colonoscopy just for my peace of mind, but she said most likely she will not find anything. She said that what I have is Irritable Bowel Syndrome and hemorrhoids, that’s why there’s blood.
I just thought, is it possible for a doctor to diagnose you without even doing a physical exam? She didn’t even do physical assessment. Where’s the inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation? She just looked at me and said that I have hemorrhoids, to think that she is specialized particularly in GIT. I noticed that almost all doctors in Canada are like that. We don’t have a free health care, but it is cheap. Is this how a patient is being treated just because it is cheap? Whatever condition a patient is, looking normal or not, should receive the same treatment with other patients who don’t look normal. And what the heck, you can’t even say more than one complaint. If you have a stomach ache, and you have pain on another part of your body, you have to set another appointment.
But I don’t have a choice but to live in such a place where doctors are very neglectful, doctors who are supposed to thoroughly perform a physical examination on you but they don’t. A first world country with this disregardful medical attention is ironic.