Can't believe the state of our Health Care in Canada. Behind 3rd World countries!
Getting appointment to see a doctor( not family doctor but say gynecologist, dermatologist, cancer issues,etc) in Canada is typically 2-6 months. Just to SEE the doctor then many months before an actual surgery or treatment. In most countries you can see a doctor in 0-5 days and have a surgery in 3-14 days!!! In some of those countries it's free, while in others there's a payment, but typically it's not that big and it can be free for elders or those who have no money.
Unbelievable, you can be dying, bleeding and they won't see you in Canada for months - and this is our state of "free health care". The system is broken and we are far behind a lot of those countries. Reading reviews for these doctors leave you thinking that they are all incompetent as well. I've certainly met plenty of those here from family physicians to doctors.
So many are just not very good and I do have numerous( as in dozens) examples where my relatives here were misdiagnosed or given improper treatment.
Heck, just recently, a doctor was trying to convince a close relative that she does NOT have a fractured knee. I was there and had to intervene and told that doctor that he is wrong, based on the pain and movement of the leg and to do another X-ray OR give treatment as if she does have a fracture. The doctor agreed to do the x-ray and, behold, finally saw the fracture. Unbelievable! They were ready to send the poor elderly woman home with a broken knee!!!
A friend of mine flew to another country to do all of his cancel treatments as he was told it will take up to 6 months here and he decided to save his life by doing it. He had a surgery 2 weeks after he arrived there and apparently the fee cheaper than what he would pay here since our "free health care" is NOT entirely free!!!
A relative recently needed to see a gynecologist to do a surgery. All appointments were 2-5 months away. Nobody, including 3 hospitals cared that the surgery would need to be done asap and she was told up to 5 months before a surgery. Follow up appointments apparently were with 40+ days wait time so she could not even do it here!!! Thankfully, another relative told her to fly to Europe and this saved her.
She flew to her own country in Europe and had the surgery within a week of arrival there for less than $500 all in + flight, stayed another 3 weeks to do the 2 follow up visits and then just arrived 2 days ago back here healthy. She needs another follow up visit eventually just as a check up and apparently just got one in mid October...
I can go on and on,but these are just few examples of our dumb health system where patients die before they get treatments. I rather pay and live!!