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Seeking_help
15th May 2007, 12:10 AM
I've been told that it may take up to 8 months to book an appointment with the local orthopedic surgeon (Dr. Dvorak - Vancouver, BC)!!

Has anyone else in Canada have experience as to how long it took to book an appointment for an initial consultation?

How about doctors in the USA? Does it really take that long to book an appointment?

Thanks,

Amazed Jean
15th May 2007, 12:52 AM
I have never had to wait for more than 2 weeks to get in any doctor's office in the US if it something I want to do ASAP. However, When someone tells me more than 2 weeks, I immediately hang up the phone and phone my family doctor's office and ask them to set up an appointment for me. I always get in much faster. I must tell you though I do my research ahead of time and I am sure of who I want to see and I don't try it if it's something that can wait. I confess I finally did it at the local dermatologist for a facial skin rash and a new mole like growth on my cheek. He was giving appontment 5 months in advance no way I was waiting that long I called my GP and was in there in 2 weeks time.

Seeking_help
15th May 2007, 01:21 AM
Originally posted by Amazed Jean@May 14 2007, 10:52 PM
I have never had to wait for more than 2 weeks to get in any doctor's office in the US if it something I want to do ASAP. However, When someone tells me more than 2 weeks, I immediately hang up the phone and phone my family doctor's office and ask them to set up an appointment for me. I always get in much faster. I must tell you though I do my research ahead of time and I am sure of who I want to see and I don't try it if it's something that can wait. I confess I finally did it at the local dermatologist for a facial skin rash and a new mole like growth on my cheek. He was giving appontment 5 months in advance no way I was waiting that long I called my GP and was in there in 2 weeks time.
So I called back to get a better understanding of how the process works. My GP faxed over a referral to the ortho's office. The referral then gets piled in with all other referrals which go through a filtering process. It is during this filtering process they decided whether they will book an appointment for the patient (this filtering process can take several weeks alone). Once that process is done, an appointment is booked (which may take up to 8 months depending on the patient).

I am absolutely floored right now.

Amazed Jean
15th May 2007, 07:25 AM
Did you ask your doctor's office if they could call an make an appointment for you? Usually a referral just puts me in a long line - so I ask my GP's nurse or whoever to ask the doctor if he can get me in sooner. My GP knows what a basket case I am if I am really worried about something so they usually call and get the actual appointment for me. I am sure it has something to do with your physicians staff being accomodating enough to do it for you. I wish you good luck but I also think you have to be persistent that you need to see a scoliosis specialist and you need to do it fast!

Seeking_help
15th May 2007, 03:34 PM
Originally posted by Amazed Jean@May 15 2007, 05:25 AM
Did you ask your doctor's office if they could call an make an appointment for you? Usually a referral just puts me in a long line - so I ask my GP's nurse or whoever to ask the doctor if he can get me in sooner. My GP knows what a basket case I am if I am really worried about something so they usually call and get the actual appointment for me. I am sure it has something to do with your physicians staff being accomodating enough to do it for you. I wish you good luck but I also think you have to be persistent that you need to see a scoliosis specialist and you need to do it fast!
Thanks for the support! I will go back to my GP this week to see if she can speed up this process.

If not - I will go down to Washington State/Oregon to book an appointment.

Can I ask another question? Assuming that the ortho green lights surgery, how long does it usually take to go under the knife?

Thanks!

Joy
15th May 2007, 06:43 PM
Hi,

Unfourtantley I don't think there's anything you can do to speed up the process. I'm from Edmonton, and on the pediatric list I waited 5 months for an initial consultation, then another 5 months for an appointment at the pediatric scoliosis clinic. Then I waited 11 months for surgery. My surgeon was Dr. Mahood.

If you want to go to the States and have insurance or are willing to pay, I understand and would support that. However, Dr. Dvorak has a great reputation and its important that you have a competent trustworthy surgeon.

Can you tell us more about yourself? Sorry if I've missed it in another thread - how old are you, what are your curves like, etc?

Seeking_help
15th May 2007, 07:34 PM
Originally posted by Joy@May 15 2007, 04:43 PM
Hi,

Unfourtantley I don't think there's anything you can do to speed up the process. I'm from Edmonton, and on the pediatric list I waited 5 months for an initial consultation, then another 5 months for an appointment at the pediatric scoliosis clinic. Then I waited 11 months for surgery. My surgeon was Dr. Mahood.

If you want to go to the States and have insurance or are willing to pay, I understand and would support that. However, Dr. Dvorak has a great reputation and its important that you have a competent trustworthy surgeon.

Can you tell us more about yourself? Sorry if I've missed it in another thread - how old are you, what are your curves like, etc?
Wow..you had to wait almost two years from first calling in to going under the knife? I guess those are the contraints of a universal health care system.

My Bio: I'm a 24 year old male, with signfiicant curvature (Don't know exactly, but I would say upwards of 70,80 degrees). I'm not suffering any significant pain (just general soreness, aches, etc); however, from a cosmetic point of view I really want to get this done. It's a problem I had for years which went untreated due to a GP who didn't diagnose the problem as well as my embarrassment of the problem.

I completely agree about having a trustworthy surgeon; however, I may have to look for one in the US as I don't want to wait 2 years. Ideally, I would like to proceed within the next 6-8 months.

Since you are also Canadian, do you know how I could find out if any costs incurred in the US would be covered by Canadian universal health care? Also, I've been with Pacific Blue Cross for 2 years - however, as this is a pre-existing condition, would I have a chance of claiming insurance?

Joy
16th May 2007, 10:39 AM
Hi,

I'm not sure about your insurance. You might have problems. You'd have to phone and ask them. I'm an exchange student right now, and I had to pay about 600 dollars extra to have my scoliosis covered as a pre-existing condition on my travel insurance.

I think the rule in Canada is that you can only get out-of-country care paid for if you can prove that it's medically necessary and urgent. You can't just ask them to pay for it because you don't want to wait, at least as for as I know. I don't think we have gaurenteed waiting lists yet. I don't want to be discouraging, and I understand how frustrating the waiting lists are, but scoliosis surgery usually isn't considered urgent.

Probably the best people to ask would be the health authority. (for example, in Edmonton, it's Capital Health), but be prepared to be persisetent if you want your questions answered.

Good luck!