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Canadians Wait 19 Weeks for Surgery

Health & Wellness  (tags: Canadians, wait, 19 weeks, for, surgery )

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Canadians are waiting about 19 weeks for surgery, a new study has found. The median wait time jumped up in 2011, from 18.2 weeks in 2010, the Fraser Institute said Monday. This year's median wait time also exceeds the previous all-time high of 18.3 week


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Ingrid A (524)
Tuesday December 13, 2011, 7:45 am
That's a long time to wait for surgery.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 13, 2011, 9:20 am
Even if it were true, it is still much better than the American system where Americans routinely die for lack of surgery that they have no means of which to pay. Americans let the working poor die all the time by denying them any access to health care at all.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday December 13, 2011, 3:06 pm
long time to wait..too long

KS Goh (0)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 4:35 am
Thanks for the article.

Carmen S (611)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 4:51 am
Thanks for this, seems like a long time to wait, depending on the surgery, it could be too long.

robin g (1)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 5:56 am
is this supposed to make us all nod our heads and thank our lucky stars that we live in the US and don't have socialized medicine? having a waiting time is probably just for elective or other non-emergency procedures anyway. just like here, emergency surgery happens right away. the difference is that canadians aren't afraid to visit their doctors when they don't feel well because they know that they won't be turned away for inability to pay. like here! so things don't rise to the point of emergency.
what's wrong with us?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 9:07 am
what a bunch of crap !
I had to have a heart surgery time it took ? the same day itr was like a football team rushing at me when I got in then I spent five days in the ICU.
I agree we dont have the perfect system but its ''free'' paid with our taxes.

Janis B (7)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 2:08 pm
You do realise that this is mainly elective surgery, not emergency stuff. The Canadian system is a damn sight better than most in the world, like the US.

Fred Krohn (34)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 4:23 pm
Actually, the Canadian (and most other socialised) medical systems suck compared to what the USA system was before the malpractise scams were allowed to proceed by socialist influences in the government. I do not plan to accept care under, participate in, or pay for PPACA/Obamacare. The government's meddling caused the rise in health care costs; I refuse to pay their lousy tone-deaf piper for a performance I didn't want or enjoy.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 8:45 pm
Thanks for posting.

Lloyd H (46)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 10:50 pm
Cut the crap, some of you Repug/Tea Bagged idiots seem to love to forget that at the very least 45,000 Americans are murdered every f'ing year by the 'Oh, So Great' for profit capitalist system simply because they can not afford access to the 'Best Medical Treatment System in the World'. And that does not include those murdered by their insurance companies because neither medical facilities or the Insurance Companies are required to keep track of the casualties of denial of treatment or payment up front services or those on organ transplant lists who want until death while those who can just shell out the cash go to the front of the list.

james larkin (18)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 11:12 pm
In Australia you can wait over a year or more for surgery. They put you on a waiting list to go on a waiting list. Then maybe you go on another waiting list. This way people die before they need surgery and it reduces the workload.

JustaHuman Here (53)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 1:08 am
A way to kill people.

Anita R (2)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 1:26 am
"19 Weeks" is meaningless if they are combining all types of surgery. 19 weeks for what? If a health condition requiring surgery in Canada is life-threatening, such as a brain tumour or breast cancer or esophagal cancer, you will get surgery very quickly, within days or at most a couple of weeks. If it is an emergency such as a heart attack or stroke, they will get you into the operating room right away (some people in remote areas have to be flown out to a hospital after the paramedics or local medical staff have stabilized them). If it is elective surgery, that is, non-life-threatening, such as hip or knee replacement, you could be waiting six months or more. My brother was diagnosed with esophagal cancer and had surgery in less than a week, a cousin's friend was diagnosed with a brain tumour and had surgery four days later. I had cataracts which are not life threatening; it took 7 weeks from the time the ophthamologist diagnosed them to see the specialist who would do the operation, and another 10 or 11 weeks to actually have the operation. So, 18 weeks, but cataracts are not life threatening, at that stage more of a nuisance, although it was a good thing I went in for a check-up when I did, because if I'd waited too much longer I would have lost my drivers licence. Had to stop driving at night for the duration. Now I have better vision than I've had since I was about seven. Yay!

T.L. H (6)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 5:13 am
The Canadian system probably isn't perfect but it is pretty good good enough that they even cover some surgeries that The US considers cosmetic and even private insurance won't cover.

reft h (66)
Friday December 16, 2011, 1:40 am
My uncle was just operated on within the week of a cancer diagnosis, and he isn't even a politician. I'm not sure what the Fraser Institute includes in their statistics.

April Thompson (2)
Friday December 16, 2011, 5:55 pm
Very misleading, indeed! Non-elective or non-life threatening conditions requiring surgery waiting this long would be acceptable to me because healthcare in the U.S. sucks unless you can get Medicaid!

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 6:28 am
Maybe if the three in back doing nothing got to work ....
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