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January 8, 1992

Queuing in Canada

Author Affiliations

Massachusetts General Hospital Boston

JAMA. 1992;267(2):234. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480020044022

To the Editor.  —I value my McGill Medical School education and the skill of Canadian colleagues. But the queuing phenomenon in the Canadian health care system addressed by Katz et al1 is a significant shortcoming. Were the Canadian model applied to our health care system in the United States, queuing might prove as onerous or worse than the current dilemma of underinsurance. My father-in-law's painful wait for urologic surgery in British Columbia leads me to the following:Oh Canada fair,We should all live up there,Where the cold and the health careAre free.But I'll mind if I waitBy a hospital gate,When my prostate's too boldTo pass pee.