Letter: Health care should cater to individual

Recently, there has been much talk about health care and care in general. Now, we find out there are programs that primarily advocate for the system and system providers who want to lead people by the hand. In other words, these providers want to offer social services that dominate from the top down instead of working with people on a level playing field.

Providers’ mission statements sound good, but a closer look signifies one size fits all and individual needs matter little. Our society has categorized many people in a class where its supposed programs will help take care of any personal concern. This kind of help is given to clients/patients who have to answer as if they were directed by their parents.

The so-called parent-child relationship formed by these service organizations is one that doesn’t offer individuals a choice on what type of help they wish to receive. The type given is always where a subordinate client is subject to “do it their way or the highway.” This can cause unhealthy stress, with little pathway to jointly problem solve many personal issues.

All people need some form of support. Just because a person is over 60 or has low income doesn’t mean he/she should be stereotyped into an inferior nonunderstanding position. A more level playing field — not dominated by treating people as children, aged adults, or people with disabilities — should also exist.

This way certain individuals can fit in, getting the help they need.

Dale Enkers

Carleen Galloway

Waterloo

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