I have never understood the need to copycat another country’s healthcare system. It’s un-American. We are innovators and pioneers. Even if copycatting I would not emulate the Canadian system…where if you need a neurosurgeon you wait 33 weeks. For orthopedic surgery: 41 weeks. Should you need an MRI after that appointment? Good luck.
” Walid Khalfallah, a boy whose scoliosis was so bad that he was promised an “expedited” surgery. Despite his dire need for treatment, Khalfallah was forced to wait more than three years for his surgery date. His condition deteriorated throughout his grueling wait, according to a profile in the Vancouver Sun. He is now a paraplegic.” Quote from this article written by a Canadian.
Why the simplistic approach to have a one size fits all system when healthcare needs are and always will be very personal? Building a healthcare landscape allows more choices for patients and more autonomy for physicians. The autonomy allows physicians to practice as they were trained and to fulfill the Hippocratic oath instead of being forced into Complying with a top down system.
I want better for my patients, my family, the future. Let’s do this. Let’s build a landscape that is superior and sustainable for our patients and our profession