Posted 2 years ago on April 22, 2012, 11:01 p.m. EST by Frank
from Washington, DC
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Had a personal experience here that I'd like to relate. Needed to consult specialist about Kidney stones and got appointment within a few days. Turns out I had one stone that was too big to pass, got surgical out patient procedure done within a week. As it turns out the stone dropped the day before the procedure in my bladder and I was extremely lucky that it hadn't moved further down (almost always does within 48 hours).
Out of curiosity I checked the Canadian system and found through their official statistics that average wait time was about 2 months just to see a urologist. Seriously?
Even the Canadians (see this study excerpt) admit their system doesn't work and are struggling to incorporate a private one (75% of Canadians have private health insurance as well):
"Of the 440 emails sent out, 90 surveys were returned. Respondents believed that a parallel private heath care system would shorten wait times and improve access to care (74%), improve outcomes for those with private health care (58.8%), would not impair the outcomes of those without private health care (74.2%) and would not interfere with the accessibility of health care for most Canadians (73.3%). Most respondents (91.1%) believed that, if privately delivered health care was allowed, urologists should spend a fixed amount of time providing services within the public health care system as well."