It’s a sad fact of life in much of the North: if you’re seriously sick, you have to leave home.
If you live in one of the territory’s larger centres, you’re lucky. Sure, you might have to fly south for some major surgery or to see a specialist. But if you break a bone or need a root canal, you can at least be assured that, at the end of the day, you’ll be resting up in bed at home.
If you live in a smaller community without all-weather road access though, you might only see a doctor or dentist or optometrist when they come through your town. Without that consistent presence, health issues that are easily preventable can develop into long-term problems that leave you in pain and lacking peace of mind. And then you have to hop on a plane, leaving friends and family, to spend days in a hospital bed or boarding home until you’re well enough to travel back.