At The Globe and Mail‘s “Ask a Health Expert,” May 2011:
My father-in-law needs cervical decompression surgery. He’s been told it will be 12 to 18 months and that the only way he will get the operation sooner is if he degrades further, potentially to the point of paralysis. Cancer patients, he’s been told, have priority. What options do patients have or are they at the mercy of the system?
As, MD notes: “Fortunately, the US is not yet in such dire straits. Yet.”