Why are Canadians Not Permitted to Choose Specialists?
I would like to know why Canadians are not allowed to choose specialists. The Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons' web site says they are but they aren't. Even if patients are willing to wait forever, after being told that the doctor at the top of the list is the one they will have to see, they will still find out that the doctor who was at the top of the list six months before is still at the top of the list.
Does this mean that specialists are designated to work for certain groups of people or does it mean that one specialist is so bad that he's always the only one accepting patients? Perhaps it means that each clinic only wants to send people to the specialist in that clinic.
I think everyone knows of at least one person who was permitted to choose their own specialist, if they claimed they were related or were friends or whatever (and indeed were) but why shouldn't that option be available to everyone?
How does this work in your province?