- Jul 2, 2009
Yes and no. I've heard of people who have taken a while to get into an doctor's office or get treatment but I think it might depend on how urgent it is. The last time I needed an MRI scan for a non-urgent matter it took place about two weeks after I saw my doctor. The last time I had something that was an emergency I was seen to pretty much immediately and had surgery after I was stabilized and I had a decent chance of surviving the surgery itself. I'd say the biggest problem with Canada's healthcare right now is that there aren't enough physicians to go around. It took me about a year to find another physician once I was too old to see my pediatrician.tippy2k2 said:Wait...that doesn't really make all that much sense.erttheking said:Reminds me of a parody I saw. "Breaking Bad, Canadian edition"
"You have cancer. Treatments start next week"
Seriously, the creators even said there was no way the show could happen in a first world country with socialized medicine.
I mean, I suppose one could make an argument for it but ultimately, it wasn't the money that got Walter into meth. He had other options but he chose to take the prideful route because, as he stated at the end, it was for him. Pride before the fall and all that jazz
Plus, maybe this is just the "Obamacare is gonna turn us all into communist hippies!" bull-crap but isn't one of the major drawbacks of socialized medicine is that it's not immediate? As in, it can take weeks to get into the doctor's office and it takes time before they can start treatments since everyone is able to go when they want/need to?
Note: If you don't want to get into the socialized medicine thing, that's fine. I'm not looking for a debate, I'm just curious but you might get yourself pulled into a debate if someone disagrees with you
However, I could also be extremely biased since my family and friends that live/have lived in the US have not had good experiences with the privatized system. My cousin had to wait for months to get a graft because her insurance company wouldn't approve the material for the graft and so she couldn't work for that period of time, my friend in South Carolina can't afford to see a doctor at all, and my mother had to cope with a painful disease (the same one that I have) for roughly eleven years until she moved up here after marrying my father.