An old friend, who’s brother died of bowel cancer has been instructed to have a colonoscopy every 3 years. He has complied for the past decade. His recent routine diagnostic indicated blood and he must have another colonoscopy.

His doctor has retired and his name has been added to the list of those needing the procedure. This list is maintained by the province of NS and the province decides who get the diagnostic and when. He has been told there are 742 patients currently ahead of him and he should expect an 18 month wait.

He is currently arranging the procedure via a ‘for pay’ clinic in Montreal.

It seems to be getting more common to hear that those who can afford private clinics are taking advance of these facilities.