Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wait time to see the doctor in Ontario

A couple of days ago we took middle boy to doctor. He had an upper respiratory tract infection and stayed home from school for a couple of days.

This morning middle boy returned to doctor for follow up.

Arrived for appointment at 9.30.
In to see doctor at 9.30,
out at 9.42.
Total time at doctor, 12 minutes.
Cost $0.00.

Doctor works very efficiently, was attentive, and spent enough time with us to evaluate the situation. X-ray does not show pneumonia. Boy is on mend, but doctor wants further testing, due to chronic asthma cough, and referred us to a pediatric pulmonologist (called a respirologist here). Should get our appointment in approx 4 to 6 weeks as this is not an emergency. He's had the cough for years we can wait a few more weeks.

In Pinellas County, Florida, there is only one pediatric pulmonologist. The wait time to see that doctor was at least 6 weeks!

In Florida I would spend almost an hour at the doctor. I would wait in waiting room, then I would be shown to exam room and wait for quite a long time before the doctor came in.

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