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Funding cuts hurt cataract wait time
London Free Press ^ | Jan 22, 2014 | Jonathan Sher

Posted on 01/26/2014 12:25:19 PM PST by Innovative

Wait times for cataract surgery in London jumped 50% last year, a disturbing trend officials expect will worsen unless Ontario’s health ministry restores funding.

At the start of 2013, 90% of patients had surgery within 153 days. By November, that wait grew to 230 days.

“It’s hurting patients,” said ophthalmologist Tim Hillson, chairperson of the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Patients forced to wait are at greater risk for falls, car crashes and depression, preventable calamities that cost our health-care system more in the long run, Hillson said, so making them wait longer is short-sighted.

(Excerpt) Read more at lfpress.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: canada; medicalcare; nhs; obamacare; socializedmedicine
It used to be 5 MONTHS, now it's almost A YEAR!!!

A preview of Obamacare...

1 posted on 01/26/2014 12:25:19 PM PST by Innovative
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To: Innovative

This is Canada, not the UK (London, Ontario).


2 posted on 01/26/2014 12:26:48 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Thanks — but the principle is the same, socialized medicine results in unreasonable wait times for patients.


3 posted on 01/26/2014 12:31:37 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

“It used to be 5 MONTHS, now it’s almost A YEAR!!!
A preview of Obamacare”

i’d gladly wait a year as long as obamacare helps the unfortunate welfare moms and illegals get free care.


4 posted on 01/26/2014 12:31:51 PM PST by willywill
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To: Innovative

My aunt was a retired school teacher in Sweden. She got cataracts and was almost blind. She got on the wait list and they kept backing it off and backing it off. Finally a nurse told her that because she was a retired woman that her priority was so low that she’d never get the operation. After that she got depressed and died. (So, they saved a lot of money there.)

This is how socialized medicine is intended to work.


5 posted on 01/26/2014 12:31:53 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: dfwgator

Good point. Seeing it published in the London Free Press, I too came away with the idea it was taking place in the British health care system.

Once again, another negative of Canada’s health care system.


6 posted on 01/26/2014 12:33:55 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: Gen.Blather

“Finally a nurse told her that because she was a retired woman that her priority was so low that she’d never get the operation. After that she got depressed and died. (So, they saved a lot of money there.)

This is how socialized medicine is intended to work.”

Sad, but true. Most people here have no idea, they think they will get immediate Cadillac care for nothing and by the time they will figure it out, it will be too late, the system will be too entrenched to change it.


7 posted on 01/26/2014 12:34:28 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Funding wouldn’t hurt wait times if a free market system was in place. A free market would have just added more staff, thus more profit. It would have been a win for the patient, a win for the practice and a win for the guy that got hired.


8 posted on 01/26/2014 12:34:29 PM PST by Dutch Boy
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To: Gen.Blather

That’s right...


9 posted on 01/26/2014 12:34:52 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: Dutch Boy
A free market would have just added more staff, thus more profit.

Sure, that's a great system for the 5% of patients who can afford to pay cash for everything.

10 posted on 01/26/2014 12:38:39 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Innovative

In 2012, in this country, it took a week for pre-surgery check up, set up appt. at surgery room, and the first eye was done. As soon as that eye recovered a bit, the second one was done. Couldn’t have been arranged any faster than it was.

In the future here, it would be a good thing to have your doctor as a friend.


11 posted on 01/26/2014 12:47:30 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: Innovative

I had to wait a whole week.


12 posted on 01/26/2014 12:58:10 PM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Dutch Boy

I not only got my cataract surgery promptly but I was willing to pay more for special inserts. I’m not sure now that the inserts were worth it but point is I had choices.


13 posted on 01/26/2014 1:07:09 PM PST by Mercat
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To: steve86

A free market solution would cause lower prices in order to remain be competitive.


14 posted on 01/26/2014 1:14:10 PM PST by Dutch Boy
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To: steve86

“Sure, that’s a great system for the 5% of patients who can afford to pay cash for everything”

You didn’t take into account private insurance.


15 posted on 01/26/2014 1:57:37 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: willywill

“i’d gladly wait a year as long as obamacare helps the unfortunate welfare moms and illegals get free care.”

I wouldn’t wait one second for some welfare leach!!


16 posted on 01/26/2014 2:00:25 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Innovative
You didn’t take into account private insurance.

Like everyone can afford private insurance. Do you not realize that's how we got into this Obamacare mess?

17 posted on 01/26/2014 2:12:09 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Dutch Boy
A free market solution would cause lower prices in order to remain be competitive.

That blue-sky theory most certainly does not work with medical devices (lens implants in this case). Show me one single product where it did anywhere in the last 30 years. Not just anyone can set up a medical device factory on every corner in every town (although Ayn would like to think so). You'll also find a pretty hard floor on the lower wage an ophthalmic surgeon with $300,000 in student loans is willing to earn.

18 posted on 01/26/2014 2:19:53 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: steve86

And your solution is?


19 posted on 01/26/2014 2:48:31 PM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms in Dixie!)
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To: steve86

The free market has not been allowed to exist since the time people stopped paying for their medical treatments directly.


20 posted on 01/26/2014 2:52:20 PM PST by Dutch Boy
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To: steve86

Have you tracked what Lasic costs have done over the last 15 years?
Hint it’s gotten much cheaper, and yes most people pay cash.


21 posted on 01/26/2014 2:52:30 PM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms in Dixie!)
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Stop Obamacare before it stops you.
Support Free Republic.

22 posted on 01/26/2014 3:52:12 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: Marcella

Canada has a real problem, but the United States appears to be the best country for cataract surgery; it is not terribly expensive relative to getting your eyesight back, and you can get it in a reasonable period of time.

I had a retinal detachment, and from the time I noticed until I completed surgery was less than 2 days. Of course, that is a bit more of an emergency than cataract surgery.

It certainly helps to have a good relationship with a doctor. Which won’t be the case I fear with Obamacare.


23 posted on 01/26/2014 8:29:21 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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