I’ve decided to get my tubes tied (well, if my husband doesn’t get a vasectomy before then). I went to the doctor and got a referral to the appropriate doctor. I got the call telling me when the consultation appointment is today - November 27th. Then, after I talk to the doctor (who will probably see me for three minutes and ask me two questions after I wait in his waiting room for 50 minutes for the scheduled appointment), they will book my surgery appointment. They estimate that it will be another six months after the consultation before I’ll be able to get in for the actual surgery. Chances are also good that my elective surgery will be bumped and take even longer to happen.*
Now, you might be asking yourself why they don’t book a surgical time for shortly after the consultation now, and save me waiting an additional six months. I asked myself and the doctor’s receptionist the same question. Well, they don’t do things that way. That would be efficient and patient-friendly, and we’ll have none of that around these parts.
I don’t even have the energy to do a good Pit rant over this. It just sucks, and that’s the way it is around here. The politicians keep telling us that they’re going to fix our healthcare system here, but since they’re the ones that broke it, I don’t have a lot of faith.
*Just for the record, critical surgeries don’t happen much quicker, either. Calgary is not a good place to get sick.