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<<A lot of people with influence use it to jump the queue for healthcare in Ontario and they now can be seen to include celebrity journalists.
This can mean ordinary people with no special pull wait longer.

The way journalists can use clout has emerged because two of the most prominent in Toronto wrote about their involvement with the healthcare system.

Margaret Wente, a columnist with The Globe and Mail, described how she was helped to obtain a hip replacement quicker partly by ?pulling strings.?

She said her doctor told her she needed a hip replacement and the first surgeon she consulted was very grim and told her his waiting list was a year long.

The columnist decided to obtain another opinion and called ?a well-placed acquaintance,? who contacted another surgeon, who squeezed her in for an appointment within two days.

?At first, I felt uncomfortable pulling strings, but I got over it,? she wrote. ?After all, I would pull them for my mother.

?I found shortcuts. I asked for favours. At first, I felt guilty, but I was in pain and the pain was destroying my life.?

If Candian health care is so good, why do you get endless lists of examples of queue jumping by Googling up "Health Care Queue Jumping"?

Seattle Pioneer
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