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Monday, July 03, 2017

Nine-month wait to see a gynecologist in Canada

Good luck seeing a gynecologist if you are pregnant in New Brunswick, that Canadian province next to Maine.

The average wait to see a specialist in New Brunswick now is 38.8 weeks, the Fraser Institute reported.

Ah, the joys of single-payer health care.

In Ontario, the wait is only 15.6 weeks.

From the Fraser Institute:
Waiting for treatment has become a defining characteristic of Canadian health care. In order to document the lengthy queues for visits to specialists and for diagnostic and surgical procedures in the country, the Fraser Institute has—for over two decades—surveyed specialist physicians across 12 specialties and 10 provinces.
This edition of Waiting Your Turn indicates that, overall, waiting times for medically necessary treatment have in-creased since last year. Specialist physicians surveyed report a median waiting time of 20.0 weeks between referral from a general practitioner and receipt of treatment—longer than the wait of 18.3 weeks reported in 2015. This year’s wait time—the longest ever recorded in this survey’s history—is 115% longer than in 1993, when it was just 9.3 weeks.
Of course, the waits vary from place to place.

Canada's capital is in Ontario.

I'm guessing there is as little waiting for a government doctor in Ottawa as there is in Pyongyang.

The waits also vary by speciality. It takes on average across Canada less than four weeks to see an oncologist, but 46 weeks to see a neurologist.

So Canada gives cancer a priority but not brain surgery. Fortunately, most Canadians can drive a few miles to the United States and receive treatment.

The dirty little secret is the expensive, greedy, unfair, racist, sexist, transphobic, Islamophobic, and whatever else you despise is the backup plan for Canada's government-run system.

If we ever flip single-payer, Canadians are doomed.

Long waits for a doctor are a feature of government-run health programs. Look at the VA.

Putting your life in the hands of government is a poor choice.

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  1. The good news is that most babies can be born just fine with out a trip to the OB/gyn. The bad news is the ones who need it will get seen about six weeks too late.
    "yes Mrs Harris, we are calling to schedule your Ob visit."
    "Oh, I see, the kid is two, your husband is working in Lac Labish, and you don't have the time to drive up just to get pregnant again? Sorry to bother you."

  2. Here is a pretty good take on socialized medicine. I deal with the Veterans Administration healthcare system. Let's just say that it isn't ideal. - Elric

  3. I was living in Canada when these socialist reforms were initiated around 1979. The reason they occured was the sudden appearance in the country of hundreds of thousands of immigrants from socialist countries like Italy Germany and Hungary. All these people, and I talked to many, wanted free health care and did not care about inconvenience or poor quality because they were used to both. Some of the world's greatest hospitals were in Canada at that time. Most were eventually reduced to shadows of their former brilliance by the cut backs they experienced. The same will happen here except the rich, like the people who own the media supporting these ideas, will have private care the average joe will never dream about. The UK and France are already on this path.

    1. In 1998 I drove 40 miles from Prairie Bee Lake to Wawa, ON to get my son a tetanus shot after he ran a treble hook into his hand. We waited in a deserted ER for 3 hours, and still didn't get to even see a fricking nurse.

  4. The Australian health care system is another that's often lauded by the Left. I lived 30 yrs in Oz, and beg to differ.

    Once I attended a meeting at Fremantle Hospital in Western Australia; I entered the wrong side of this large hospital, and had to walk through to the other side to find my meeting place.

    Along the way I encountered corridor after corridor, where patients of both sexes & all ages, some with drip tubes, lining the corridors in wheeled beds. I also passed large empty, dimly-lit wards which had no one in them.

    Upon arrival at my meeting (which had nothing to do with the hospital) I asked what was going on; I suspected maintenance issues, or disinfecting, or some other medical reason for what I'd seen.

    Oh no. The hospital was run by the State Gov't, and it was saving money. Couldn't afford to fill the wards, if they did they'd have to hire more doctors & nurses. So the wards were shuttered, and patients lined the halls.

    I'm still horrified by that memory. I want no part of State-run medicine.

  5. Free healthcare: like everything else, if it seems too good to be true, it is.

  6. There's something about that 9-month wait that rings a bell deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep in my brain. Nope, can't figure it out right now. Too deep.

  7. An American I worked with had relatives in Canada. One child had a brain tumor and was told he had 6 months to live. The earliest time they could schedule an operation, the family was told, was 9 months. All the relatives chipped in and sent him to the Mayo Clinic for the operation. I left the job so I don't know if he survived, but the US operation was scheduled to almost immediately be performed.

    Our VA at one time in recent years would not transfer funds from one hospital to another that had run out of funds. A Canadian told me that was true also in Canada. People would travel to find a hospital that could perform the operation.

    I don't know how true the stories were I was told, But from the many stories I have heard and read, we don't want single payer in the US. If you like the VA, you will just love single payer government controlled healthcare/insurance. /sarc

    I am glad I am 72 because I probably won't live to see the change.

  8. For fun you can look up how long you will wait for that wonderful socialized medical treatment in Ontario at