"Racism is an underlying current that doesn't get its fair share of attention in the Canadian context."
I feel our health care workers and health care system is doing the best it can with the limited resources and support services they have. I am not sure what the solutions are but I feel the status quo is not working. I have been thinking about my experience in the hospital emergency room for a while. How can the system improve so the services are there in a timely and efficient manner when the people need them?
Our earliest production meetings of a behind-the-scenes documentary series about life in an ER were spent answering questions like: How exactly are we going to shoot this? How graphic is it going to be? Near the end of every meeting after we had laid out all the technical requirements, made a schedule of which doctors we hoped to follow, and prepared ourselves for our best and worst case scenarios, someone would always ask: "Is this really going to work?"
Just because I have a mental illness doesn't mean that I don't know when I'm sick. The experience of both the doctor and me would be more fulfilling if I wasn't judged before being examined simply because of the fact that I live with anxiety and depression.