French-only medical service?
Is this Canada?
Shirley Ravary doesn't just cough when she catches a cold.
And after suffering a partial lung collapse a few years ago, a common cold doesn't just 'go away' after a few days for the 57-year-old Ontario woman; it gets progressively worse.
So after two weeks of suffering with flu-like symptoms, Ravary needed to see her family doctor. But as she soon found out, she picked the wrong day to drop in for a check-up.
That day, Ravary contacted her doctor's office and was told to visit a nearby community health centre, where he occasionally works.
When she arrived at the centre, she was greeted by a French-speaking receptionist who promptly informed her that the health clinic was exclusively for "French people."
"I said to her, 'that's discrimination,'" said Ravary, who was then told to visit her family doctor during his regular office hours, or visit another walk-in clinic. "I didn't get past the reception at the front."
Worse yet, nobody at the clinic even asked her whether her condition required immediate attention.
"It could have been chest pains," said Ravary. "It could have been anything."
Marc Bisson, the Executive Director of the Centre de Santé communautaire de L'estrie, where Ravary was refused service, defends his clinic's policy. Bisson says it's part of the centre's mandate to target the local French population.