Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cancer Crisis for Canadian Women

The 11/13/2012 Montreal Gazette reports on lengthening wait times for female patients: "It's a crisis for Quebec women".

Some chilling excerpts:
A leading Montreal gynecologist said that these days, she cannot look her patients in the eye because the wait times are so shocking...

The worst cases are gynecological cancers, experts say, because usually such a cancer has already spread by the time it is detected. Instead of four weeks from diagnosis to surgery, patients are waiting as long as three months to have cancerous growths removed.

“It’s a crisis for Quebec women,” said Lucy Gilbert, director of gynecological oncology and the gynecologic cancer multi-disciplinary team at the McGill University Health Centre.
(Read the full text of "It's a crisis for Quebec women" for more details.)

Sure, the medical care may be "free".  But what this means is that patients pay in time, rather than money -- time they may not have when the cancer clock is ticking away.

(Link via Docs4PatientCare.)