MacLean's has an outstanding piece on private health services in Canada. For those who want to hold their fate in their own hands.
Especially like this bit:
PUBLIC WAIT: The national median wait from GP to surgery for joint replacement surgery (hips, knees, ankles and shoulders) is 49.7 weeks. In some provinces, two-year waits are not unheard of. For cataract surgery, the median wait is 28.8 weeks.
PRIVATE WAIT: All surgeries can be performed within two weeks.