August 14th, 2015
After two years of declining health and mobility, and increasing pain, I finally have a diagnosis, thanks to an MRI I paid for myself, on the advice of a chiropractor. My GP has now referred me to the Spine Clinic at VGH and, although they have accepted the referral (by no means a given because it was rejected before they saw the MRI), they say the wait list is 12 to 18 months just to see someone. I already can barely walk or work - my life has ground to a halt basically.
My nephew in England had the same diagnosis. He saw a surgeon privately, was operated on the next week, and was back at work in six weeks. The cost was covered by his company's extended medical - just as ours covers dental, chiro, physio etc. For some bizarre reason, healthcare is seen as sacred cow here, but we already have a two-tier system. It's just really random as to what you are allowed to pay for, and what you are not.
By the way, I work for the government, so your tax dollars are paying for my sick leave.