Interesting article. I know my home town actually attached a sort of walk in clinic to the ER to try to deal with this. The triage nurse would either send you left (to ER) or right (to walk in clinic area).
Report says most ER visits not emergencies
CTV.ca News Staff
The majority of patients who visit Canadian emergency rooms do not require urgent medical attention, says a new report released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
Sep 14, '05
Things are different, Tracy.
When I decided to go to Canada to see if I could get the med, I had no idea how to go about getting a doctor. I called "Information" in Toronto, then asked if they had a number for the Canadian Medical Assn.
Then I called that number and talked to a very nice woman and explained my situation. She listed several docs with a very good rep. in Toronto, then suggested I check one out in particular. (It was funny because I heard her ask her co-workers, "Hey, there's someone on the line that wants to see a neuro. in Toronto..." and people were all calling out different names. Can't say that would happen if I called the AMA...they'd probably think I was cracked.)
So I went to that doc. As it turned out, he was a very highly regarded neuro, professor at the one med. school, etc. You should have seen his office...someone of that stature you'd expect to have a fancy, mahogany wood filled office. Not this guy. Just a really small office, one secretary, no office nurses, and it was really cute...his exam room/office was decorated with fingerpaintings his kids did. He was the most down-to-earth guy you'd ever want to meet. He spent quite a lot of time with me, never made me feel rushed. (He was a little curious how I came to be his pt., though.)
If I remember correctly, I think my bill (pd. by ins.) was around $60.
Last edit by fab4fan on Sep 14, '05