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By on 6.26.06 | 9:36PM

Got this on one of my email lists. A definitive description of Canadian health care:

Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement. The first patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

The second sees his family doctor after waiting a week for an appointment, then waits eight weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another month and finally has his surgery scheduled six months from then.

Why the different treatment for the two patients?

The first is a Golden Retriever.

The second is a human.

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