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Dr. G. begins a post at his blog, Abducens Nucleus:

Some patients just aren’t willing to sit back and take it anymore. The nation’s health system is long on promises and short on delivery. The litany of delays in care due to limited access grows by the day. In one instance, a patient sued her insurer because she was forced to wait four months for an MRI for her brain tumor and then months more to see a neurologist. In one metropolitan area, waiting times in the ER average four hours, while one in ten waits more than 12 hours.

One in three households surveyed tried and failed to gain timely access to at least one health service within the previous three months. And in one study, the total waiting time between referral from a general practitioner and specialty care averaged nearly 18 weeks. Even the Supreme Court has weighed in on the unacceptable delays in care. But the lawsuit is not against a dreaded American HMO and the events did not happen in the U.S. All were byproducts of the Canadian health care system.

Read the whole thing.

The abducens nucleus, says the bio note accompanying the blog, “is a structure in the brain that enables the eye to look sideways. Damage to the nucleus means you will be stuck staring straight ahead, unable to gain perspective by looking to the side at alternatives.”


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