Yes, it's unfortunately true in certain areas for hip replacements, as that is regarded in most cases as elective surgery, not urgent. Three months is too long, though, and I hope we remedy it. But, as EVERYONE is guaranteed treatment at no cost, you will often have wait times. But, three months, from time of detected malady to surgery, I don't know, not perfection, but nonetheless not yet dramatic. Question : How long the wait in the U.S. for hip surgery if a) one has no health coverage (forever^)...2) before insurance company approves it or turns it down...I just turned on Fox News for one minute and already a Doctor said people in Canada have to wait 3 months to get a hip replacement or a heart stent.
Jacques, is this a lie?
Heart stent : No wait if health of patient is in danger. None. I know this from statistics and personal experience, family and acquaintances who've had those interventions.
I hate to personalize it, but here goes : wife had horrendous cold and all that comes with it Sunday. Called her family doctor next day, Monday, who gave her appointment at 7:00 pm same day. Not bad. Nonetheless, she got sicker and so we went to walk-in clinic. She waited exactly 45 minutes, was out 15 minutes later with prescriptions. Cost for visit : ZERO. Cost for antibiotics and one other medication : ZERO. Needless to say, we cancelled 7:00 pm appointment. She is feeling better. For whatever we've required medically since 1994, we've never waited unreasonable periods, be it general, surgery, eyes, etc. Are we lucky? I guess.