A friend sparked the idea for this post the other day. We were discussing her reaction to a post I did for CIAW on Fertility Matters website. I urge you to read it, if you haven’t already, but the jist was that in Canada we really should have full funding on fertility treatments. I feel this way because we have universal health coverage and infertility is a disease.
My friend found herself struggling with this idea but, because shes a bad ass, didn’t just leave it with her first brush on the topic. See she really wrestled to understand where I was coming from on this. At first she found herself very against the idea that we should pay to allow people to have babies. That’s a want… not a need. It’s not life or death. But then, and this is why she’s awesome, she caught herself. Surely, she thought, in a country as first world and wonderful as Canada we can aim a little higher with our health care than merely life or death! As she was recounting this internal dialogue to me she then said something that made my heart beat a little faster, in a good way, she said “I mean, it’s really about quality of life, isn’t it? Our health care system is not supposed to just be about life or death.”
Our health care system, in the developed world, isn’t just about life and death struggles. We are fortunate enough to live in a place where the focus of most of our healthcare system is dedicated to preserving and extending quality of life to it’s patients. Infertility patients ARE suffering a loss of quality of life in dealing with these diseases. The “cure” for that would mean mental health funding and treatment funding. These two things should be covered because that’s what people with these diseases would need in order to experience their greatest, most fulfilled life.
And isn’t that what being privileged to call a country as great as Canada home is all about?
Being able to live our greatest life?
In my mind, it’s about being able to at least take a crack at it.