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Two Patients

on 8/7/2007

Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement.

The first patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

The second sees his family physician after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits weeks to see a specialist then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another week and finally has his surgery scheduled for a month from then.

Why the different treatment for the two patients?


The first was a cocker spaniel..

The second was a senior citizen.