October 26th, 2020

What is real health care?

By Letter to the Editor on December 4, 2019.

Re: the “Conscience Rights Protection Act,” Nov. 23 Herald. What I simply read into this proposed act is to protect health-care providers from having to forward patients to other health-care providers, or institutions, when those procedures are contrary to their beliefs.

Now I have a question: are all procedures really considered health care? About eight months ago my wife and I witnessed the awesome care given in the Lethbridge hospital when a granddaughter delivered a set of awesome twins prematurely. They were loved and cared for, first in the incubator, then loving and nurturing and caring until they were able to go home with Mommy and Daddy.

Then my sad news: about three months ago my wife was hospitalized with an incurable brain tumour. First one week in the Lethbridge hospital, she received awesome loving care from doctors and staff, then one week in the palliative care unit in Taber, the love and care was awesome, then she passed into glory.

But sad to say in today’s Canada, it is within our laws to snuff out life, both for the pre-born and the medical assisted in dying. If that would not be the case, then the health-care providers would not have to deny their service to anyone. So what is real health care? Yet now on a positive note, I am so thankful for the awesome care, both in the hospital and seniors homes. Thank you so much for all our caregivers.

From a Taber volunteer.

Hans Visser


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Southern Albertan

I extend my sincere sympathy to you, Mr. Visser, for your loss of your wife.


Should death be politicised?

Bernard Crick, the British political theorist, declared, “When everything is seen as relevant to politics, than politics has in fact become totalitarian.”

My condolences, Mr. Visser.

John P Nightingale

I am glad that your wife received excellent, compassionate care and my sincere condolences to you and to your family. Your faith clearly is of utmost importance to you and I respect that. However, it is not for you to decide when “natural death” occurs in someone else. For many others, whose beliefs are quite different from yours, MAID should be an option no matter where one lives.
Once again sir , you preach and will not be happy until abortion and MAID are denied to all, no matter the circumstances. Denying someone at the very least a referral because of their fundamental beliefs, is wrong.
Again, my condolences.