The big argument I see against Canadian-style health care is "waiting time." So I'm curious to know what exactly "waiting time" in Canada is actually like. Days, weeks, months?
For example, last year I had a weird growth on the inside of my nose (gross, I know, but that's my example.) I called my doctor's office and was told I needed to see my PCP (primary care physician) for a referral to see a specialist. I made an appointment - one was available the next week. Within 7 days. I went to the appointment and was given a referral to an ENT. I made an appointment with the ENT - the next available appointment was about 2 weeks later. After that appointment, outpatient surgery was recommended. The next available appointment (she only did surgery on certain days) was about 2 weeks later. I went and had the surgery, the growth was biopsied, it was not cancerous, no further intervention was needed. Out of pocket I paid nothing for the PCP visit, and a 15 dollar co-pay for each of the ENT visits. I paid nothing for the drugs I was given after the surgery and a 15 dollar co-pay for a follow up visit with the ENT a month or so later.
I have high quality health insurance and this seems pretty standard to me. I was very happy with the care I received, actually.
If it had been a life-threatening emergency, obviously, I would have just gone to the ER. But it wasn't, so I just scheduled my appointments when I could. Is this worse/better/the same than a similar sort of situation in Canada?