[font="book antiqua"]two patients limp into two different american medical clinics with the same complaint. both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement.
the first patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day, has a time booked for surgery the next day and, within two days, is home recuperating.
the second sees the family doctor after waiting a week for an appointment, then waits eighteen weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another month and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then. why the different treatment for the two patients?
the first is a golden retriever.
the second is a senior citizen