Canadian Health Care

Two situations, and then see if you can answer the question. (And don't blame me: I got this from a Canuckian!)

Two patients limp into two different Canadian medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement.

The first patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

The second sees his family doctor after waiting a week for an appointment, then waits eighteen weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another month and finally has his surgery scheduled for a year from then.

Now, the Question: Why the different treatment for the two patients?

Answer: The first is a Golden Retriever; the second is a Senior Citizen.

Posted April 26, 2010

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