Canadians Wait - and Wait - to See the Doctor

Posted by RichAndPretty , Thu, Dec 21, 2017, 16:53:54 Post Reply Reviews by RichAndPrettyFirst Amendment Message BoardMain BigDoggie.net site

But as many Canadians can attest, the reality of single-payer doesn't live up to the hype. It's a great system if you're healthy and don't need a doctor. It's not so great if you're sick and looking for prompt attention. When it comes to delivering medical care in a timely fashion, Canada's system is inferior. And according to two reports released this year, it's getting worse.

In the Commonwealth Fund survey, only 43 percent of Canadians said they were able to get a same- or next-day appointment to see a doctor or nurse the last time they were sick. That put Canada dead last among the 11 nations studied.

Communication with doctors is harder in Canada too. When you contact your primary care physician's office with a medical concern, patients were asked, do you generally get an answer the same day? Only 59 percent of Canadians said yes — again placing last among the countries surveyed.

And when they need to consult or be treated by a specialist, the picture is even bleaker. Most Canadian patients, 56 percent, have to wait longer than four weeks for an appointment to open up. The international average is 36 percent. The average is even lower in the United States: Only 24 percent of US patients must wait so long to see a specialist.

http://townhall.com/columnists/jeffjacoby/2017/12/20/canadians-wait--and-wait--to-see-the-doctor-n2425374

RAP


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