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24 August 2009 @ 12:54 pm
Socialism is the Best Medicine  
From Newsweek, a short article comparing the wait times to see a doctor in the US versus those countries with socialized medicine systems.

Read it.

Better yet, send it to that guy you know who keeps insisting that the US has the best health care system in the world.
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Mark Gordon: seriousmtgordon on August 24th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, but those countries all have death panels, doncha know?
eithni: do I need to kill you?eithni on August 24th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
Can *I* have a death panel?

Pretty please?!?!?
zandoria: Flagzandoria on August 24th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
Um, no, we don't have a 'death panel', at least not that I'm aware of.

When I call my Dr. for an appointment, I either get in later the same day or the next day. The following day if she is insanely busy. Take that as you will :)
cassbunnycassbunny on August 25th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
And it is also known that statistics can be found to prove just about any theory.
eithni: PharmDeithni on August 26th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but when a mountain of statistics is backed up by plenty of evidence, it starts looking pretty convincing. :p
No longer in Normalhbevert on September 4th, 2009 07:20 am (UTC)
No, I couldn't get a same-day appointment with my doctor in Canada, so I understood the bottom-of-the-heap rating for Canada in how quickly I could get an appointment with my doctor, but there's these walk-in hours at just about every clinic I knew of (don't know if these are in every province). Doctors have certain hours of the day when they only see patients who walk in without an appointment. To see your regular doctor, expect a longer wait. If you want to see anyone who will help you quickly, you'll see the next available doctor. As long as you are not arriving in the last half-hour or hour the clinic is open, you'll be seen today. My longest wait was an hour and a half.

Walk-in clinics reminded me of the "urgent care" clinics we have in the U.S., only every clinic is an urgent care clinic for part of the day and your normal family doctor is one of the physicians at the urgent care clinic.