So this mom asks her doctor for a refferal to a public speech/hearing clinic for her son. Nothing big, just some speech issues she'd like some advice about.
The doctor sends in the refferal to the clinic and gets a response saying that the clinic only accepts refferals through school boards.
The doctor sends in a note explaining that the boy is homeschooled. Clinic responds by saying they don't care. Their policy is their policy.
The doctor calls the mom and asks what school board oversees her homeschooling. Mom explains that her homeschooling isn't overseen by a school board but rather by the provincial Department of Education.
The doctor and the mom groan. Both see many frustrating phone calls in the future.
Happily the doctor thinks of an alternate solution. Check with your private insurer, she says, and see if they cover speech assessments and then I'll give a local private clinic a call. The mom accepts the solution.
Off the phone, anger builds. A public health service that's supposed to be availible to the public has a built-in flaw that they refuse to be flexible about. The flaw is also incapable of acknowledging the possibility that a local school board might not be so willing to help a homeschooler. The mom vows to write letters to the appropriate ministries.
And then she goes and writes a blog post about the whole frigging mess.