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1 My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:21 pm

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I've been off work injured since the start of September.


I've just heard back from the MRI department at HSC today, my appointment has been scheduled for March 2009.

One of 2 things can happen during the wait, 1) my injury is not that bad and will heal before my appointment. This will cause a lot of needless expense to my employer, to WCB and to myself.

or

2) my injury could get worse, my tendons/muscles could rip apart, start healing messed up and would then be beyond repair, causing me a problems for the rest of my life.

so all in all, 7 months to go from injury to MRI. I wonder what the wait for surgery will be after the MRI. Or maybe Manitoba will have used up their allotted Surgeries for my injury for 09 before I can scheduled.

Good Job NDP... Here's to you, sucking my _ _ _ _.

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2 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:35 pm

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There are no lengthy wait times. Not sure why you're complaining. Sheesh, there is no pleasing some people.


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3 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:40 pm

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or you could just check the wait times page and tell your doctor's nurse to schedule there (if you are willing to drive)

did you read the articles in last weeks paper specifically about MRI wait times by any chance?

5 weeks if you are willing to drive to Winkler

http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/waittime/diagnostic/mri.html

Still bites, sure.. but at least you will get checked up.


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4 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:48 pm

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I wonder if the government will pick up the gas??? LD, you should check that out!


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5 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:56 pm

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unfortunately the answer to that is no.

My sister lives near boundary trails and has to come to Winnipeg twice a month for special treatment only available in Winnipeg. They wont even pick up her gas.


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6 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:14 pm

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I'll be talking to my case manager at WCB.

I don't want to sit at home on my bum until march, But if I have to I will. Just goes to show you how hard our TAX dollars work.

Maybe I'll hit up the WCB for a membership at the wellness institute so that I don't become a couch potato and need re-hab to be able to work again.


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7 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:16 pm

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umm.. wait a minute... doesn't WCB pay for queue jumping? ie wont they pay for you to head to Minnesota? I thought I heard that somewhere.


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8 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:37 pm

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Deank wrote:umm.. wait a minute... doesn't WCB pay for queue jumping? ie wont they pay for you to head to Minnesota? I thought I heard that somewhere.

I'll find out on Wednesday.

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9 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:40 pm

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When I enquired to get my wife done in the states they will not pay for it less the doctor deemed it imperative to be done now and there was no way Manitoba could do it . Sad but the staff is not there nor the Machines

10 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:37 pm

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When I was given a 3 month wait time I googled MRI, and phoned to Winkler, and it was running 3 weeks, but before I could try and arrange it, I was called in to have it done in Wpg, about a 10 day wait time.
I would get the appt in Winkler, it is not a big deal, and we should be embarassed that in this day and time of computers that all available options weren't presented to you at the booking time!
It should be so simple, and should be done in Wpg when you are being given an appt. The question should be we can book you 5 months in Wpg or 3 weeks in Winkler!
Pretty simple choice!


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11 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:45 pm

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LivingDead wrote:I've been off work injured since the start of September.


I've just heard back from the MRI department at HSC today, my appointment has been scheduled for March 2009.

One of 2 things can happen during the wait, 1) my injury is not that bad and will heal before my appointment. This will cause a lot of needless expense to my employer, to WCB and to myself.

or

2) my injury could get worse, my tendons/muscles could rip apart, start healing messed up and would then be beyond repair, causing me a problems for the rest of my life.

so all in all, 7 months to go from injury to MRI. I wonder what the wait for surgery will be after the MRI. Or maybe Manitoba will have used up their allotted Surgeries for my injury for 09 before I can scheduled.

Good Job NDP... Here's to you, sucking my _ _ _ _.

Sorry to hear of your injury, but how is it the fault of the NDP that you need to wait for an appointment ? Do you really think a Conservative government would be able to suddenly improve this situation? It's no so long since they were the party in power. If memory serves, they were cutting health care funding, which was one of the reasons they got the boot.

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12 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:55 pm

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Two years ago I had a back injury at work, the chiropractor that I went to see took an x-ray and fixed my back nicely. Three days later he phoned me to come to his office, he had something to tell me. The x-ray had showed an abnormality on my spine and I was advised to go see a doctor. So I took his letter and went to the Concordia emergency, doctor saw me, read the letter and scheduled an MRI for the very next morning. It turned out to be absolutely nothing, the chiro had taken a bad x-ray, but that goes to show you it can be done much faster then it is being done now.

13 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:52 pm

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Time Lord wrote:Sorry to hear of your injury, but how is it the fault of the NDP that you need to wait for an appointment ? Do you really think a Conservative government would be able to suddenly improve this situation? It's no so long since they were the party in power. If memory serves, they were cutting health care funding, which was one of the reasons they got the boot.
Let's say the evil PCs were 100% responsible for the health care problems twelve years ago. We'll completely ignore everything else going on at the time and assign all blame to the Filmon government.

I understand that the NDP ran a platform that promised an end to hallway medicine and a reduction in wait times. Despite record transfer dollars to this province where are the improvements that were promised?

When do we stop holding TODAY's problems against a government from twelve years ago? When do we start holding a government that has had twelve years and record budgets to fix things?

No, I think it very reasonable to hold Evil Doer 100% responsible for the state of health care in this province.

14 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:53 pm

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I once had a CT scan done on my head, but apparently they couldn't find anything??

15 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:55 pm

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Wasn't the NDP platform to end hallway medicine?

Twelve years, my God, it seems like an eternity.

16 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:02 pm

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Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I believe Doer said when he was elected hallway medicine would be a thing of the past in 6 to 12 months. Even if he was misquoted and had said 6-12 YEARS time is up either way!

17 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:57 pm

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eastsider wrote:Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I believe Doer said when he was elected hallway medicine would be a thing of the past in 6 to 12 months. Even if he was misquoted and had said 6-12 YEARS time is up either way!

Yes he said that! Back in 2005 my Mom became ill with the flu, since she had cancer she had to be hospitalized. She was in the hallway for 5 days. Doer sure ended hallway medicine... Rolling Eyes

18 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:03 pm

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Time Lord wrote:
LivingDead wrote:I've been off work injured since the start of September.


I've just heard back from the MRI department at HSC today, my appointment has been scheduled for March 2009.

One of 2 things can happen during the wait, 1) my injury is not that bad and will heal before my appointment. This will cause a lot of needless expense to my employer, to WCB and to myself.

or

2) my injury could get worse, my tendons/muscles could rip apart, start healing messed up and would then be beyond repair, causing me a problems for the rest of my life.

so all in all, 7 months to go from injury to MRI. I wonder what the wait for surgery will be after the MRI. Or maybe Manitoba will have used up their allotted Surgeries for my injury for 09 before I can scheduled.

Good Job NDP... Here's to you, sucking my _ _ _ _.

Sorry to hear of your injury, but how is it the fault of the NDP that you need to wait for an appointment ? Do you really think a Conservative government would be able to suddenly improve this situation? It's no so long since they were the party in power. If memory serves, they were cutting health care funding, which was one of the reasons they got the boot.

Do you really think this isn't the fault of the NDP? With record transfer $$$ from Ottawa why are people still waiting 4+ months? Why are people still in the hallway? Why do I have to wait well over a month to see my Doctor?

Timelord, have you ever been to the HSC emergency room? I have. And let me tell you....it is sad. Pretty sad when a drunk hobo receives treatment before anyone else. What kind of society are we living in? I was pregnant when I was there and I had to wait 5 hours to be seen. Meanwhile drunk after drunk after sniffer was seen before me...and that was also in 2005. What a lovely system we have.

19 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:34 pm

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"Timelord, have you ever been to the HSC emergency room? I have. And
let me tell you....it is sad. Pretty sad when a drunk hobo receives
treatment before anyone else. What kind of society are we living in? I
was pregnant when I was there and I had to wait 5 hours to be seen.
Meanwhile drunk after drunk after sniffer was seen before me...and that
was also in 2005. What a lovely system we have."

No, luckily never had the need. My experience at hospitals has been limited. I've visited emergencies only a few times (mostly something in my eye or minor cuts). In all cases service has been quick and efficient. Most of the visits have been to rural hospitals (Steinbach and Ste Anne) where drunks and the type of folks you see at HSC just aren't there.

Most of the horror stories I hear are from people just like you who waited hour after hour but who would have been seen in minites at a smaller hospital. I keep telling everyone that they should go to those small town hospitals with pretty much no waiting.

The five hour wait you experienced would drive me insane, so I wouldn't do it. In five hours I could have driven to Brandon (and back) for help and been ahead of the wait.

Some years ago my father had a heart attack and went to St B. He was attended to instantly and recieved first class treatment. When immeadiate treatment is actually required you do get the help you need. (Eastsiders experience above shows that).

Could improvements be made? For sure. Better use of rural hospitals should be a priority. Steinbach has a first class hospital, with an excellent staff (my wife had surgery there) they have plenty of space and facilities. Like the car dealers commercials say "It's worth the trip!"

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20 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:50 pm

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Time Lord wrote:GC:
"Timelord, have you ever been to the HSC emergency room? I have. And
let me tell you....it is sad. Pretty sad when a drunk hobo receives
treatment before anyone else. What kind of society are we living in? I
was pregnant when I was there and I had to wait 5 hours to be seen.
Meanwhile drunk after drunk after sniffer was seen before me...and that
was also in 2005. What a lovely system we have."

No, luckily never had the need. My experience at hospitals has been limited. I've visited emergencies only a few times (mostly something in my eye or minor cuts). In all cases service has been quick and efficient. Most of the visits have been to rural hospitals (Steinbach and Ste Anne) where drunks and the type of folks you see at HSC just aren't there.

Most of the horror stories I hear are from people just like you who waited hour after hour but who would have been seen in minites at a smaller hospital. I keep telling everyone that they should go to those small town hospitals with pretty much no waiting.

The five hour wait you experienced would drive me insane, so I wouldn't do it. In five hours I could have driven to Brandon (and back) for help and been ahead of the wait.

Some years ago my father had a heart attack and went to St B. He was attended to instantly and recieved first class treatment. When immeadiate treatment is actually required you do get the help you need. (Eastsiders experience above shows that).

Could improvements be made? For sure. Better use of rural hospitals should be a priority. Steinbach has a first class hospital, with an excellent staff (my wife had surgery there) they have plenty of space and facilities. Like the car dealers commercials say "It's worth the trip!"

At the time I didn't have a car so driving to Steinbach wasn't an option. I was pregnant at the time so any pain I was experiencing should have been immediate...after all I was considered a high risk pregnancy. When I was further along in my pregnancy I did have to go to St Bonifce for an emergency and I was taken in a timely fashion...I did spend 6 hours there when they should've been able to diagnose a bladder infection in way less time then that!



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21 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:58 pm

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When I slam the NDP. it is because for years he attacked every damn thing filmon did that involved health care.

Enter Gary Doer, and his campaign promise to end hallway medicine and wait times.

Well... Gary... do you think its going well? You have managed to create all kinds of new jobs in the health care industry, jobs in Administration and Accounting, the WHRA has ballooned and yet hallway medicine is alive and well in Winnipeg. He buys new equipment and hire's a few more accountants and supervisors and managers but forgot to hire MRI operators, radiologists and Doctors.

They can nickle and dime tongue depressors and bandages down to the exact count, but we cant allow private clinics to offer the public MRI/CT/Xray services. Socialism is working well at keeping us all equally waiting.

Now... Transfer payments from the fed's will decrease. Maybe the employee's at the WRHA should wait a few months for their pay cheques. Maybe Gary Doer and the rest of the NDP would like to wait for months.


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22 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:29 am

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Doer is a politician as such he is allowed to lie and there is blanket immunity . The biggest part of the problem is the salary game, govt spend to much on paying people as we have to keep up with some other place . The wife's niece was and is practising in England and over there a Doctor makes the same no matter where he is in the country . He is allowed to do procedures that pay over and above his normal wage . In other words the more he doe's the more he can make .

23 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:14 pm

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I have an appointment for an MRI at Pan Am on December 29th, 2008 for an injury that occurred on July 1st, 2008 so that is 7 months from initial injury to MRI date. I am not amused with the length of time but I am not complaining because I can still function on my leg, it is not getting any worse nor better for that matter but I do know that if it were getting worse, I would call the doctor, he would see me within a few days and re-evaluate. Something that needs to be considered is the severity of the injury and/or reason for the MRI and if it is life threatening. If the injury/symptoms become more threatening, call the doctor and have it re-evaluated to see if it is now more urgent to have the MRI bumped up. Yes the wait time is long but really, is it necessary to be seen ASAP if the need is not life threatening? I hate hallway medicine, long wait times, etc but we all need to remember that this governement and the previous Filmon government made it unappealing for techs and doctors to stay here when they did not raise the financial compensation to appropriate levels of other provinces. We are loosing our patience with something that we shouldn't be because we all have a part to play in this fiasco.

24 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:34 pm

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holly golightly wrote:I have an appointment for an MRI at Pan Am on December 29th, 2008 for an injury that occurred on July 1st, 2008 so that is 7 months from initial injury to MRI date. I am not amused with the length of time but I am not complaining because I can still function on my leg, it is not getting any worse nor better for that matter but I do know that if it were getting worse, I would call the doctor, he would see me within a few days and re-evaluate. Something that needs to be considered is the severity of the injury and/or reason for the MRI and if it is life threatening. If the injury/symptoms become more threatening, call the doctor and have it re-evaluated to see if it is now more urgent to have the MRI bumped up. Yes the wait time is long but really, is it necessary to be seen ASAP if the need is not life threatening? I hate hallway medicine, long wait times, etc but we all need to remember that this governement and the previous Filmon government made it unappealing for techs and doctors to stay here when they did not raise the financial compensation to appropriate levels of other provinces. We are loosing our patience with something that we shouldn't be because we all have a part to play in this fiasco.

It is important and urgent to me. I want to get back to work and make money. Sitting here at home I get 90% net from WCB. I am missing out on 10% of my take home pay and I am missing out on picking up 10 hours of overtime per week. That to me is a lot of money, and with x-mass coming up, my family will feel the pinch.

In all reality, if I died due to this injury (of which the odds are 500million to one) my family would be better off, but they won't be so lucky. We will have to exist on what WCB gives me. Now lets talk about the impact this all has on my self esteem. I sit at home and I feel useless. I want to go back to work.

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25 Re: My MRI Appointment and the NDP on Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:37 pm

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so how did your appointment with you WCB rep go today?


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