I Love Being A Doctor, But Canada Doesn’t Love Me

I love my job. Anyone who knows me, knows that I do, and that I feel personally responsible for the health of each one of my patients. My staff know that I will gladly squeeze in the baby with the fever, the couple who just had a fender-bender, the teenager who feels suicidal, and when the five-minute medication refill turns into a 40-minute counselling session because the patient has been having an affair for 25 years and thinks they may have contracted HIV, or the IV drug user comes in with an abscess having not eaten in two days. I sit, and I listen, and I help if I can.

I call people with results on the weekends, and do home visits for new moms having trouble with breastfeeding on holidays, to the detriment of my relationship with my husband, and coming home to my kids saying, “I drew a picture of me being sad — I’m sad because you’re not here.”

But I love my job. What I can’t understand, though, is why so many people seem to hate me?

I’m not alone in my dedication and passion for keeping my patients safe and healthy. From a female colleague who stays late on her ER shift to see my patient with a complicated history of sexual abuse because she knows only male physicians are working the next shift, to a surgeon who operates from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. without eating or going to the bathroom, and is back the next morning to talk with me about my patient in hospital to a specialist in a rural area who is on call. Every. Single. Day. Because, well, there isn’t anyone else in the area who can do what they do.

There are many other articles that talk about how the proposed tax changes to small businesses will affect doctors, so check out this, this, this, or this if you’d like to know the details. But I want to talk more broadly about why this is a big deal and why I’m upset about it.

When I go to my doctor and get a prescription, there’s no drug plan that covers me. When I get the flu, I don’t take a sick day, and if I do, I don’t get paid, but I still have to pay my clinic staff, my cleaners, the

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel

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