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  •  I live in Canada. (7+ / 0-)

    I made an appointment today to see my family doctor, to re up a prescription for pain killers (after knee replacement surgery).

    He's really busy, so I can't get in until Monday morning.

    Getting to see a primary care physician is not what waiting lists are about; they're about the wait to have surgery done after being referred to a specialist.

    The government publishes lists of waiting times for each surgeon in the province that I live in (so, presumably, one could pick the surgeon with the shortest waiting list.
    Personally, I avoid the guys with the shortest list; there's a reason they don't have a long list of patients waiting.)

    I injured my knee, the last time, in March 2010. I had knee replacement surgery in October of this year. I could have had it done in June but I didn't want to be recovering during the summer.

    So, that's a wait of a little over two years. My surgery was complicated by the fact that I have allergies to nickel, meaning I would need a titanium prosthetic instead of the typical nickel containing prosthetic.

    The nickel allergy added a year to the wait list because there are only a few surgeons in the province who have expertise in titanium knee replacements.

    Yes, we have waiting lists.

    •  You know this is starting to sound like bragging . (3+ / 0-)
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      by indycam on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:43:53 PM PST

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    •  With a 2-year wait time, ... (1+ / 0-)
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      I wonder what the related suicide rate is.

      "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

      by Neuroptimalian on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:48:16 PM PST

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    •  Could have had it in June? (0+ / 0-)

      See, this will likely have been recorded statistically as a delay in the system, when it was in fact your decision to delay it until after the summer!

      I think this kind of delay might be common.

      As an American who has lived in Canada since 1997, I had carpal tunnel release surgery this summer after a wait of only about 4 weeks. The reason I got a call is that, according to the surgeon, everyone who was ahead of me, when first called, opted for a later date in the fall so their summer activity would not be impacted by recovering from the surgery.

      So, not being a big beach volleyball player, I happily took the slot. Went back to work the same day, mainly because it wasn't my dominant hand, and I work as a fairly sedentary designer at a printshop where my wife and I are the sole employees. I didn't want her to have to spend the day alone. :-)

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      by Swampfoot on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:31:18 PM PST

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