Just a reminder to everyone here that the 'waitlist' boogeyman is a bigger problem in the US 'best system in the world' of A than it is in Europe or Canada.
This is a revealing statement from 2007 that the 'lamestream media' never brought to the light of day.
From the mouth of Aetna's Chief Medical Officer (errrr...death panel leader):
While the problem has been largely overlooked by the major media, it was quietly exposed by the chief medical officer of Aetna, Inc. late in Aetna's Investor Conference 2007 in March.Interesting stuff, Mr. Aetna.
In his talk, Troy Brennan conceded that "the (U.S.) healthcare system is not timely." He cited "recent statistics from the Institution of Healthcare Improvement… that people are waiting an average of about 70 days to try to see a provider. And in many circumstances people initially diagnosed with cancer are waiting over a month, which is intolerable," Brennan said.
Brennan also recalled that he had formerly spent much of his time as an administrator and head of a physicians' organization trying "to find appointments for people with doctors."
Perhaps the fact that doctors have to spend money paying two or three billing assistants to deal with your insane bureaucracy -- instead of hiring more nurses and nurse practitioners -- could be part of the problem.
Just a reminder that insurance companies are Potemkin Villages. Their 'deadly spin' is all lies.
Single payer is the only just, moral...and efficient option that we have.