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    The Doctor Will See You....in Nine Hours

    06/19/2009

    A study released yesterday gives a pretty bleak view of the Canadian health care system and a peak into our own future should such a plan be adopted.

    • For cancer patients, the study found that the median wait time for radiation therapy was almost seven weeks, exceeding the benchmark of four weeks...
    • Patients are also facing long delays when they go the emergency department, the WTA said, waiting an average of nine hours to be seen and treated and for patients who needed to be admitted, the average wait time was nearly 24 hours...
    • Wait times for psychiatric care are also well beyond the maximum wait-time benchmark of four weeks, the study said. Patients with major depression are waiting almost six weeks to start treatment with a psychiatrist.