Saturday, December 27, 2014

Medicare in Saskatchewan

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by Morley Evans

I was referred to Dr. Eidsness by Dr. Giocoli as a "glaucoma suspect" though she was vague about the reason she wanted me to see him. 

Dr. Eidsness scheduled an appointment to examine my eyes every six months. He bills the government. After several years of saying nothing, one day he told me perfunctorily, "I think I can say you have glaucoma. You can pick up your prescription on the way out." He told me to see him in 2 weeks for a follow-up examination.

After some soul-searching and finding no alarming side effects associated with Lumigan® on the package insert or on the Web, I put one drop in each eye before bedtime, as directed. 

In the morning, when I looked in the mirror, I saw two 1-1/2" diameter round black disks with fuzzy edges where my eyes should be. That was quite alarming. These were not "dilated pupils" in case that idea occurred to you. 

I phoned Dr. Eidsness and was told he was out of town by the woman in his office who answered the phone. She laughed off my report saying, "There's nothing to worry about. That will go away in a few days. Remember: patients who don't take their drops go blind." 

I phoned Dr. Eidsness several times after that but was not put through to talk to him. Dr. Eidsness was not present when I went for my examination in 2 weeks. A girl puffed air into my eyes with a hand-held device. She smiled vacantly and said nothing. 

As I drove home, I decided I would be blind by Christmas if I kept putting Lumigan® in my eyes. It was December 20, 2013. I would certainly not be putting Lumigan® in my eyes for six months until I was scheduled to see Dr. Eidsness again! I found a new doctor and stopped using Lumigan®. I wrote off Dr. Ryan Eidsness as one more monkey practicing medicine in Regina's medical apehouse. 

My eyes improved when I stopped using Lumigan® but they are still much worse than they used to be. Everything is blurry now. I have cataracts and glaucoma according to Dr. Gaucher, my new doctor. According to two optometrists and two ophthalmologists (including Dr. Eidsness) whose reports I have, my eyes were pretty good before Lumigan®. I know they were good and I am the ultimate authority concerning how well I can see.

When I went to Dr. Eidsness's office a few weeks ago to pick up my medical records there were thirteen people sitting in his tiny waiting room, three waiting to talk to the receptionist, the receptionist and another worker. There would have been another woman with a patient in one of the two examination rooms and Dr. Eidsness would have been talking to a patient in his own little office. He would spend a few minutes with each patient and send the government his bill.

Dr. Eidsness runs a money-making machine. Dr. Eidsness is engaged in vending-machine medicine. If Dr. Eidsness harms some people — like me — he has a steady stream of customers to keep his bank account full. He has no incentive to care what happens to his patients, none at all. Dr. Eidsness can afford to ignore his victims. He would not know what to do to help them in any case.

Dr. Eidsness is protected by his own hubris, by the medical establishment, by the lying media, by the so-called legal system, by the government whose only goal is to stay in power, and by the brain-dead, doctor-worshipping, drug-addicted public which comes armed with a repertoire of excuses to absolve every doctor of every medical misdeed — they would even excuse premeditated murder.

Trouble? No one will listen to you or change anything. I know.

People love Medicare. They think it's free. Their brains are washed every night by TV news about medical breakthroughs. They are lulled to sleep by advertisements selling the latest pharmaceutical miracles — which they can buy at the drug store. Lucky them!

There are some good doctors here. I have known several. Dr. Eidsness is not one of them. Any donkey could do what he does after a few hours of training. He follows a time-tested pattern. A brainless vending machine could do what he does.

This is one example of Saskatchewan Medicare in Regina.

Here is another — more egregious — example:

I have had 67 years of experience with doctors in Regina, the Queen City — the birth-place of Canadian Medicare. My experience extends from the day I was born — when Dr. Cowan saved my life — to the present. While I have become an authority on doctors here, even I can get sucked in. No one is safe.

This latest adventure with doctors began when I went to get a pair of glasses from someone I knew and trusted. As a member of the public described above, you don't have a chance. Doctors bury their mistakes, dead or alive. Patients, of such doctors as these, are merely an income opportunity. 

Dr. Mohammad Tasneem commented one day that compassion is what motivates doctors in Pakistan, South Africa, and England where he had practiced medicine before coming to Regina. Here doctors are motivated by money: Malpractice lawsuits are their obsession, he said. (One summer, Dr. Tasneem went home to Pakistan on vacation. He didn't come back. That was our loss.)

Doctors are afraid of lawsuits?  How very odd. Canadian doctors, hospitals, the "health regions" and the pharmaceutical companies cannot successfully be sued and none are. No one even tries. Victims can't even find a lawyer. Lawyers know how things are in the true north strong and free.

Vampires and Bluebeards are what one can expect to arise in a system like Saskatchewan Medicare which thrives in TommyDouglasLand.

That's it! I'm outta here tomorrow morning. I'm off to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.

The Statin Drugs hoax has been running full steam for thirty years. One enterprising doctor in Regina is engaged in a direct mail campaign (unsolicited "junk" mail) to scare people into going to him for "colorectal scanning" — and cancer treatment if any is found one would suppose. Does Dr. Eidsness encourage other healthcare professionals (such as optometrists) to refer "glaucoma suspects" to him? Does he lobby with charm, rewards, payoffs, or kickbacks to keep his patient pipeline full? The Regina Leader-Post recently reported that an ophthalmologist was the highest-paid doctor in Saskatchewan, knocking urologists off the top of the earnings summit. 

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