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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Mar 13, 2014, 11:27 AM

22. The one thing I didn't care for in that article was this

"According to a 2013 Fraser Institute report on Canadian wait times, the median wait time stands at 18.2 weeks"

Median wait time for WHAT? You can't just say, 'the wait time is...' because every procedure is SO different and has drastically different wait times...even from province to province.

For the most part - if you are having an elective surgery that isn't related to a severe illness or if time isn't of the essence, you may wait a bit. How long is a crapshoot depending on where you live, what procedure and if there is a shortage of doctors or not. That said, nearly everyone in my family has had elective surgery at one time or another, and no one waited very long at all. I think my dad's hip replacement was the longest - 3 months - because he opted for a new procedure for active people and only one doctor in the province did that procedure at the time. If he wanted conventional hip surgery, the wait would've been 6 weeks. Oh wait, I did have an uncle that needed a very specific spine surgery and only 1 doctor in the country did it...he waited quite awhile, but that was because he kept backing out when it was his turn to schedule. If he'd have pushed for the surgery sooner, he could've gotten in within 4 or 5 months. For general surgeries though, like my gallbladder or my daughter's bilateral trigger thumbs - a couple of weeks was all we waited. I'm sure many, many Americans would be okay with waiting a few weeks if it meant zero medical bills afterwards.

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