Since l live in Ontario, Canada and have OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) as all Ontario residents do, I took advantage of a service last night.
I can go to a Doctor or an emergency room for free because of OHIP. The emergency room was out of the question. I certainly wasn't having an emergency. I was just a little concerned that l still have laryngitis. My voice doesn't seem to be getting any better, but otherwise l feel fine.
Some people do choose to go to the emergency room for little illnesses, which is a problem because when you do end up being sick with an emergency, you now have a bigger wait at the emergency rooms because of these people.
Another choice was a visit to my Doctors office. Which also seemed extreme since l really wasn't all that sick. I have been resting my voice, mostly because l have been off for the last couple of days and haven't needed to talk all that much. I just wanted a little bit of medical advice to know that what l have been doing is about all l can be doing.
So, in walks a new service that has been advertised on the radio and TV for over a year. It's Tele-Health. You place a phone call and speak to a nurse practitioner. Tell them your symptoms and they advise you. If they think it is worth while for you to go to a Doctor they would tell you to go, or recommend little things for you to do to ease your symptoms.
She said l could have this for two weeks. (great!) And for me to keep doing what l have been doing, rest my voice, drink warm liquids, rest. Advice all given to me from the comforts of my couch.