Dr Brian Day has used personal connections to skip to the front of the wait list in order to get faster treatment for himself and for his daughter, :
When his five-year-old daughter's bone scan revealed a tumour that might be cancerous, the man who is now president of the Canadian Medical Association decided to jump the queue.See also NRM's two Q&As with Dr Day: , not long after he won the CMA presidential election, and is from September 30, 2007.
His wife, also a doctor, had taken their daughter into the emergency room of a Vancouver hospital after the little girl experienced a sudden pain in her leg, Dr. Brian Day recalled. The initial bone scan indicated a tumour, but couldn't reveal whether or not it was cancerous.
"The hospital said, 'We'll do a CT scan, bring her back next week,'" Dr. Day said. "To me, it's completely unacceptable, sending a mother home for six days not knowing whether her daughter has a malignant or a benign bone tumour. I made the phone call ... I made them do it that day." [...]
He admits that he himself used the system when he needed knee surgery, jumping a long queue to get the procedure done within a week by a surgeon who was also his friend.
Photo: Lyle Stafford, NRM
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