Sunday, November 22, 2009

What You Don't Hear

I always inform my patients when I am about to do something to them that will cause pain. Usually it involves needles.

My patients like me. They tend to like the unit in which I work, and often they say complimentary things, such as "The nurses here are so good. Very professional, and everybody's been so nice."

Meanwhile the cartoon word-bubble over my head is silently reading out "wait until you get the bill."

That doesn't work on Canadians, though.


Eli Blake said...

Actually, I know a couple of Canadians who live in the U.S. and have spent the money to go home just so they can get an operation they need there instead of here.

The plane ticket isn't cheap, so clearly even when they would be paying a price either place, they still want to go to Canada.

corvus said...

That's because we have socialized medicine up here in Canadia, and, as in so much else, socialism simply makes much more sense than capitalism. Especially when applied to matters of life and death.

On the other hand, you Yanks produced Wallace Stevens, who is quite likely the most brilliant poet ever, anywhere. So in that respect, capitalism rules!