I've heard several Americans speaking on how they would like to see government run health care "like Canada has." I guess the news doesn't make it across the border on just how poor our health care really is here.
Just as a small example, there is now a lottery on who gets to have a personal doctor. Nice system we have.
Feeling ill? Better feel lucky, too
If you live in Nipawin and have a big medical issue, then a draw will decide whether you can see a doctor.
A new doctor is coming from South Africa to work at a local clinic called Nipawin Medical Group next month, and he will pick the patients through a draw - what many are calling a "patient lottery."
He is putting names of perspective patients into a draw because he cannot take them all.
Chris Olsen, an electrician from White Fox near Nipawin, was recently flown home from his work at a uranium mine with a chest pain.
When Olsen wanted to see a doctor at the Nipawin Medical Group he was told to wait and enter for the draw.
Olsen ended up going to emergency.
Meanwhile, Olsen and his wife aren't eligible for the draw because they are patients of another doctor who has moved away from Nipawin.
Olsen said his doctor is in Carrot River, about 45 minutes from his home, and he is unable to go that far.
"She shut her clinic and never got back to us, and left my wife in a dangerous situation," said Olsen, awaiting his wife's tests.
An employee at the Nipawin Medical Group said that today is the last day to submit the forms for the lottery and the draw is next week.
There is no word on how many patients will be accepted via the draw.
Nipawin is one of many communities across the province experiencing a shortage. There are nine family physicians there currently.
"We have two physicians leaving from two different clinics," told Peggy Ratcliffe, spokeswoman with Kelsey Trail Health Region.
"Patient lottery is only for the ones who don't have a family physician ...
"They can submit their names and all the submissions will be put in the draw."
Ratcliffe said although its the first time she's heard of it being done in her region, she said it's a fair way to pick patients who don't have a family physician.
Ratcliffe said, ideally, Nipawin should have four more doctors.
Sherry Little, the office manager at the Nipawin Medical Group refused to comment on the "patient lottery," only saying "we have six doctors in our clinic."