The total waiting time for patients between referral from a general practitioner
and treatment, averaged across all 12 specialties and 10 provinces surveyed,
increased slightly this year; rising to 17.9 weeks in 2004 (from 17.7 weeks
2003). “This stalling of waiting times is not a good-news story. It is
to remember that these waiting times are the longest that
Canadians have ever
experienced and that they exist despite record levels of
health spending,” said
Nadeem Esmail, senior health policy analyst at The
Fraser Institute and
co-author of the survey.
Bush managed to get HSA's attached to the Medicare funding bill, so at least he recognizes that a free market solution is the only long term answer to the health care question. But that's sorta like putting a trailer for The Godfather at the end of Mickey Blue Eyes and saying you've made a good mob movie. John Kerry doesn't even mention MSA's/HSA's in his great plan.