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Why does it take so long to get a doctor

Posted By: appointment or procedure in Canada? on 2009-06-16
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Everyone is discussing the pros/cons of a national health program, but no-one is saying the exact reason why it takes a long time to see a doctor or have a procedure in Canada.

I am just curious.  Do they not have enough doctors?  Not enough facilities for operations? 

Just wondering why the long wait times.

Of course even here in the US it take me 6-8 weeks for a GYN visit and the last time I had to sit in an ER it was 9 hours before we got in to see a doctor. 

But I was just wondering what was going on in Canada, I never seem to see an explanation for it all. 

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thanks for reconfirming, I wasn't sure if I believed it. He even told me not to let the girls wash their hair everyday, which I knew wasn't good for other reasons but they do anyway.

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Reading your post sort or reminded me of those new DHL commercials on customer service (or the lack of).

When I worked in office, our old fashioned German boss would never have allowed anyone to wait..if he was running 30 minutes late, we moved every body back 45...those were the good ol days.