Liveblogging my RAMQ experience

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8h30—RAMQ says: “Yes of course, we’ll fax your temporary card to your pharmacy. Ask your pharmacy to call you when they receive it. It might take up to an hour.”

[I gave RAMQ the fax number twice during this call.]

9h00—pharmacy says: “We’ll call you as soon as it arrives.”

12h00—pharmacy says: “No, we haven’t received anything.”

14h15—RAMQ says: “The lady said she was waiting for the fax number. We’ll fax it for real this time. ;) It will probably take 15 minutes to a half hour.”

15h15—pharmacy says: “No, we haven’t received anything.”

15h20—RAMQ says: “No, there’s no note on your file that mentions anything about faxing a temporary card. What’s the number you want it sent to?”

15h40—pharmacy says: “Ah yes, it just came in two minutes ago.”

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2011-1881,
    title = {Liveblogging my RAMQ experience},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2011-06-6,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/06/06/liveblogging-my-ramq-experience/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Liveblogging my RAMQ experience" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 06 Jun 2011. Web. 22 Mar 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/06/06/liveblogging-my-ramq-experience/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2011, Jun 06). Liveblogging my RAMQ experience [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/06/06/liveblogging-my-ramq-experience/

I don’t have health insurance right now

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March 28: I receive letter from OHIP saying, “Remember! You won’t have health insurance after April 30th because your card has expired. Come to a Service Ontario place with proof that you’re an Ontario resident and renew it.”

March 29: I call OHIP and explain that I have no such proof, since I work/study/pay taxes/live in Québec now. I’m actually not allowed to go on RAMQ, since I’m still a full-time student from Ontario. They tell me that in that case, I should just get proof from my school, and OHIP will extend my health insurance again. I say I can’t do that, because I haven’t actually been formally registered for next year.

OHIP’s recommendation: let my OHIP lapse and apply for RAMQ anyway. Just don’t mention that I’m a student. I call RAMQ. They say I can apply for RAMQ once my OHIP coverage ends.

May 2: Finally get instructions on how to apply from RAMQ. Assemble all the documents they tell me to.

May 7: Go to the CLSC; submit documents.

May 20: I receive an envelope from RAMQ that does not contain a health card. Rather, it is a letter indicating that RAMQ wasn’t satisfied with the documents that I provided, even though I went to the CLSC in person and specifically asked whether I had submitted everything necessary to make sure that this sort of thing wouldn’t happen.

May 30: Go back to CLSC, hand in more documentation.

June 5: Finally shine a flashlight into the back of my mouth to investigate the sore throat that I’ve had for a while that hasn’t gotten better. Tonsils swollen; little white spots on tonsils; headache; high temperature; difficulty swallowing; no health insurance.

I call Info-Santé so I can talk to a nurse. She says I might have strep throat, but there’s no way that I can get any treatment for it until I see a doctor who has to do a culture of a swab of my throat. I call the Montréal General emergency room. They tell me it would cost $750 just to visit the emergency room. I am currently investigating alternate means of obtaining penicillin. Buying traveller’s health insurance and then taking a quick trip to the States has not been ruled out yet.

June 6: As soon as the RAMQ office opens at 8h30, I’m gonna call them and see if I can get a temporary number or something so that I can see a doctor.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2011-1874,
    title = {I don’t have health insurance right now},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2011-06-6,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/06/06/i-dont-have-health-insurance-right-now/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "I don’t have health insurance right now" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 06 Jun 2011. Web. 22 Mar 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/06/06/i-dont-have-health-insurance-right-now/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2011, Jun 06). I don’t have health insurance right now [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/06/06/i-dont-have-health-insurance-right-now/

Can’t say that Camping didn’t try to warn you

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File photo of Harold Camping, credit: BBC

File photo of Harold Camping, credit BBC

In the spirit of all those terrible “Left Behind”-type videos and books that churches had added to their libraries in the 1990’s to be found by unbelievers after the rapture, I have set this entry to be automatically posted to my blog at 8h on the morning of Saturday, May 21, 2001, because that’s the day Harold Camping predicts a giant earthquake marking the beginning of the world’s destruction. I’ll delete this post in the morning, if the rapture and destruction of the world hasn’t happened.

So if you’re reading this, either Camping was right, or I slept in.

According to interviews with Camping, if you didn’t die in the initial earthquake, God plans on killing you by October 21. Just FYI.

It’s remarkable that Camping was the only man in history clever enough to figure out the secret codes hidden in the Bible. The smartest people of Western society have been reading that book for millennia, but it kept its secrets virginal and pure for Camping to find—and just in time too! In fact, most Bible scholars agree that even Jesus said that the exact day cannot be known. (Matthew 24:36) Turns out that Jesus was wrong and Camping was right. Score one for Camping.

I think the most shocking thing about Camping being right is that he’s been wrong before. The Bible gives something of a test for prophets:

When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him. (Deuteronomy 18:22 ESV)

Camping did just that—he spoke in the name of the Lord, saying that the end would come in 1994, and it didn’t come to pass. But then again, that must be one of those parts of the Old Testament that Christians have decided do not apply to them.

At this point you’re probably wondering what you should do now that you’ve been left behind. You can start by reading this instructional comic from Chick Publications.

It may seem strange that I directed you to a Chick Tract. If you asked me yesterday about Chick Tracts, I would have said that they are a festering boil on the butt of Christianity, and an embarrassment not only to Christians, but to all humanity, as they are an example of some of the worst sort of the hatred, pride and contempt that humanity has produced. I posted that link because I wouldn’t recommend reading the Bible anymore, since only Camping and his ilk seem to be clever enough to figure out what it actually says.

So it turns out that the extremely conservative Christian cult groups were right. It’s time to issue an apology to all the Fred Phelpses, Jack Chicks, Harold Campings, and Mark Driscolls out there. I used to say they were little more than hate-mongers. I used to say that they were misogynists and homophobes. Probably because they thrived on fear, bullying, subjugating women and oppressing minorities. And by doing so, they made a tidy profit and did it all in the name of Jesus.

But it turns out they were right to do so all along. Live and learn! Well … not in this case, I guess.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2011-1798,
    title = {Can’t say that Camping didn’t try to warn you},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2011-05-21,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/05/21/cant-say-that-camping-didnt-try-to-warn-you/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Can’t say that Camping didn’t try to warn you" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 21 May 2011. Web. 22 Mar 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/05/21/cant-say-that-camping-didnt-try-to-warn-you/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2011, May 21). Can’t say that Camping didn’t try to warn you [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/05/21/cant-say-that-camping-didnt-try-to-warn-you/

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