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Canadian patients average 18-week wait for surgery. National health care was passed in the 1980s. Wait times grew from 9 weeks in 1990 to a high of 19 weeks in 2011. Imagine waiting months for a coronary bypass… and get used to the idea because that’s the future here, too.

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That Guy December 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm

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A know a family that moved from Canada to Texas about 10 years ago. Primary reason: the wife had health problems and they knew it sucked to get surgery in Canada.

In fact, just last week their daughter fell and broke her tibia as well as tore up a joint. Total time from accident to surgery: 3 days.

Joe December 5, 2012 at 10:26 pm

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Unfortunately Canada may be the promised land once Obamacare is fully implemented. I’d advise them to move back because we are in some trouble.

danybhoy December 6, 2012 at 4:42 am

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Unless your are politically connected or a serious hockey player, you are waiting for most types of care you need.

poppajoe49 December 6, 2012 at 7:59 am

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Ergo, medical tourism.

danybhoy December 6, 2012 at 8:33 am

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It’s gonna happen. American doctors will set up shop offshore to avoid Obamacare. Count on it.

Karmaa December 6, 2012 at 4:38 am

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But just like here, if you know the right people, it changes everything! A good friend of mine in Toronto jacked up his knee and had surgery in a couple of days. I was stunned and asked him if Canada was not as bad as they say. He said that normally it would have taken a year!! to get it fixed, but his mom (a really sweet and wonderful lady) sucks up to the receptionists in their doctors office. She takes them to lunch, bakes them cookies and gives them little gifts for their birthdays and Christmas. When they need to see the doctor, they get in to one of the “emergency” slots that the doctor keeps open.

HE has an ongoing “dalliance” with his dental hygienist, so he doesn’t wait there either!

I would suggest that anyone who cares about their health start buttering up the ladies at the front desk. It could be the difference between life and death!

JPTravis December 6, 2012 at 6:48 am

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The graphic’s labels on the bottom are not very clear, but the biggest bar, the one one on the right with a wait time of 291 days, is for a knee replacement. Can you imagine? To make people suffer that long, unable to walk, is cruel.

The bar on the left, with the shortest wait time of 65 days, is for a coronary bypass. If you need a coronary bypass and have to wait over two months, there’s a good chance you won’t make it to your surgery.

perlcat December 6, 2012 at 8:48 am

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Well, that solves their problems, don’t it? Life ProTip: Don’t have known eugenicists design your healthcare system.

Magnafan December 6, 2012 at 4:59 am

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Check out this link. It’s the official wait list for surgery in Ontario. P.S. My father-in-law has been waiting over six months for hernia surgery.
http://waittimes.hco-on.ca/en/
Only three countries have a state-controlled single-payer system with no private services: Cuba, North Korea, Canada.
The problem with Obamacare? From what I’ve read, it combines the worst features of all healthcare services. Fortunately, it will collapse under its own weight, but not after great harm to Americans.
One facit. You may have heard of Canada’s Long Gun Registry. It should have been a simple database, but the company hired to implement it got costs up into the billions. So error-ridden and useless, it was abolished this year. The same company has been hired to create and deploy the Obamacare database. Good luck.

Navyvet2 December 6, 2012 at 7:28 am

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A few years ago I asked a guy (bush pilot) in Canada how the gun registration was going. His first reply was, “Goddammit, I have a hangover and you have to bring that sh*t up.”
He then launched into a profanity laced tirade about the “f**king idiots in Ottawa” and the billions they had spent on it to date. He gave me a number I have since forgotten, but it was some hundred thousand per gun registered so far.
I asked if he registered his guns, knowing full well he has them since he lives pretty far from even a small town. This resulted in another pretty funny profanity laced tirade to which I said, “I’ll take that as a no.”
He didn’t know anyone who registered and said that the liberal assholes are absolutely stunned that zero criminals registered their guns followed by another string of profanity with some “idiots” sprinkled in. I have heard that Canada scrapped the whole idea after pissing away many billions. Liberals are beyond stupid no matter where you go.

Progressive Hemrrhoid December 6, 2012 at 7:15 am

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I bet the members of Congress who voted for this unabashed power grab won’t have to wait 6 months for hernia surgery. Too bad their politburo style private health care plan dosen’t include cranial rectal inversion surgery.

deepthinker December 6, 2012 at 7:53 am

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Cost reduced by elimination of patients. So the death panels are hidden in the wait time.