When Dr. Joy Hataley, a family practice anesthetist in Kingston, Ont., recently tried to send a patient to a neurologist at the Kingston General Hospital, she received a letter from the specialist’s office telling her that the current wait time for new patient referrals is 4.5 years.
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Dr. Hataley said she’s used to hearing back from specialists who are
unable to see her patients for months, and even up to 2.5 years. But a
4.5-year wait is “insane,” she told CTVNews.ca in a telephone interview.
Months is bad enough; flat out horrible in some circumstances, but 2.5 YEARS to see a specialist? They're used to that?