A lot of people don't realize that we DO have to wait here for surgeries for non life threatening conditions. When I had my hips replaced (and they were so bad I could not walk) I waited several months to get on the schedule. You have to wait for a spot on the surgeon's calendar, and you also have to wait for an open slot in a suitable operating room.Well, I have a friend in Canada right now that is suffering - needing an abdominal hernia operation that her doctor has cleared her to get, but she told me she has no idea how long she will have to wait... when she can get it because its "not life threatening". No matter that she gets sick as a dog sometimes when she eats. Have heard that same thing about standing in line and waiting from other "universal" health care countries. Guess you just get used to whatever health care you have, when you have it!
Told her if that happened here in the US, there would be picketers lined up all around the White House...lol.
I wanted the surgeries done by the surgeon I had selected, and he's very busy. He's very busy because he's the best in this area for hips and knees. I was willing to wait -- I suppose I might have been able to get it done earlier if I had been willing to have it done by whoever had the earliest time, but I wasn't. Maybe it wouldn't have mattered, because there are a finite number of operating rooms for orthopedic surgeries. And of course with a non life threatening procedure you are always going to be bumped if there's an emergency which takes precedence.
I guess it's like everything else -- you take a number and wait your turn.