So a guy goes to the hospital because of chest pains, but when he gets there he can't walk in by himself because he is having a heart attack.
Smale said his mother, who doesn't drive and has had two heart valve replacements, went inside the hospital to get help because her husband was unable to walk on his own due to the pain.She called 911 and was told she would have to pay for the ambulance trip, even though the paramedics were already at the hospital - across the street actually.
She was told by hospital staff that they couldn't come out and she should bring him in herself or call 911, Smale said.
"I couldn't believe it. I just assumed that if someone's having a suspected heart attack at the front entrance, at least a nurse or security guard would get a wheelchair to get him in the door," he said in Halifax, where his father was receiving treatment.
"It just seemed ridiculous that they had to call 911 to get an ambulance to do it."
This isn't the first time this insanity has been employed.
Earlier this year, Saskatchewan's health minister ordered a policy review after staff at a Saskatoon hospital called an ambulance to help a man lying just outside the emergency room doors.They wouldn't walk outside.
Don McMorris said he was shocked to hear that paramedics were called to bring the man - who had collapsed just metres from the door - into the hospital.
So do you still think that the world is better when government runs health care?