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    Today, my 70-year-old stepfather is having his biopsy for what is very likely to be terminal liver cancer.

    The tumors were detected through a scan mid-June. He's having a biopsy only today.  Why?

    Because it took two weeks for Medicare to authorize a biopsy, and then the local hospital put him on a waiting list (you know, that thing they only have in Canada?) and, frankly, I'm not sure he wouldn't still be on it if his doctor hadn't screamed at the hospital.

    I won't even go into the back story that he once had Hepatitis C, wasn't given interferon, had prostate cancer, and frankly the system failed him. Shit happens.

    But a month for a biopsy?

    I can tell you one thing, our French doctor, here, in our little village, couldn't, almost wouldn't, believe us. He kept saying, "but that's diagnostic tool -- how can they?..."

    A f***ing third-world medical system, that's what we have. That there are not more people in the streets screaming for heads to roll is incomprehensible to me.

    OVER HERE: AN AMERICAN EXPAT IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE, is now available on Amazon US

    by Lupin on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 07:55:40 AM PDT

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