Elderly man says doctor at CHUM mistreated him because he doesn’t speak French
|globalnews.ca 11 Jan 2018 at 14:19|
An elderly Polish immigrant says a doctor at the CHUM superhospital mistreated him because he did not speak French, Thursday, January 11, 2018.
Zbignew Malysa moved to Canada from Poland 30 years ago.
Despite some early struggles, he’s always felt at home in Montreal.
An incident this week at the CHUM French superhospital made him feel, for the first time, maybe he should return to Poland.
“You don’t speak French, sometimes they treat you like an enemy,” the 67-year-old said. “I’m not an enemy, I’m just a human being not speaking French.”
Suffering from prostate problems and hypertension, Malysa’s doctor sent him to a specialist at the CHUM superhospital.
On Wednesday, two young residents first treated him.
Malysa understands French, but can’t speak it so the residents spoke to him in English.
He says they took their time, filling out several requisition forms. They told him he needed a colonoscopy and some blood tests before getting the urologist, Dr. Luc Valiquette, to see him.
According to Malysa, the mood changed as soon as the doctor entered the room.
Malysa says the doctor refused to look at him, and would only speak to the two residents. He says the doctor began making fun of his European heritage and his first name.
Malysa claims the doctor said Eastern Europeans are taking advantage of Quebec’s medical system.
He ripped up the requisition forms for the suggested tests, saying they were too expensive, according to Malysa.
“I cannot believe we are sitting there, I have a problem with blood in my urine, high blood pressure, why he is talking about this?” Malysa said. “He never asked me any questions about how I am feeling.”