Step 1: Get sick
Step 2: See a doctor
Step 3: Find out you will have to wait a dangerous amount of time to get treatment
Step 4: Go to the media and complain
Step 5: Get treatment
The latest story:
Vander Schelde had to fight hospital scheduling to get her daughter’s surgery within the two-week time frame recommended by a pediatric neurosurgeon.
Because Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario and other London Health Sciences Centre hospitals do not staff operating rooms on long weekends, Olivia was going to have to wait for three or more weeks for surgery on a tumour discovered a week ago.
After Vander Schelde took her story to the media, the hospital arranged to find time for the operation Tuesday.
The good news is the child got the surgery she desperately needed. The bad news is that someone else had to be bumped back in the line in order to make it happen.
That sound you don't hear is the silence of the health care demagogues.