Privatized health clinics see increase in patients fed up with wait times in public system – CTV

Sept. 7, 2023

For months, Monica Giordano waited by the phone in pain, hoping to be scheduled for a hip-replacement surgery that never came.

“You can’t sleep at night, you turn around, you can’t, you walk, you can’t, so you’re sitting there and waiting for someone to call you and say, ‘OK, tomorrow is your day,’ but it wasn’t that way,” she told CTV News.

Eventually, the 74-year-old Granby, Que., resident decided to take matters into her own hands by dipping into her life savings to pay out-of-pocket for her much-needed surgery.

Giordano was told she would need to wait one to three months for surgery. Instead, she said she waited two years before deciding to go private.

“I said, ‘No, I’m going to take that money we saved all these years.’ It’s not worth living if you can’t have the freedom to walk and to enjoy life,” she said.

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