** Note please ** Dates and statistics based on CIA estimates for 2011
Being based on regular X-Rays though the machines are specialized and involve multiple layers of X-Ray which are then processed through Computers to create a more detailed and better contrasted and therefore detailed image CAT Scans are simpler and cheaper when compared to MRI Machines. MRI machines are based on inverting the polarity of Hydrogen atoms which means vastly more complex magnetic machinery, vastly more information, far greater clarity and different computer processing. The reversal of polarities causes the banging one hears in the machine.
Based on a system of profit, the City of Buffalo used to have more MRI machines than the whole of Ontario, which had about 6 times or more the population. Things have changed. My wife had to wait about 3 weeks for her MRI for squamous cell carcinoma. a couple of years before that a friend needed a knee replacement , and owing to bureaucratic errors had to wait about 8 months.
The difference in rapidity of MRI's and CAT Scans, at least in Canada, is contingent upon whether the procedure would be an emergency procedure, or what is deemed an elective procedure. My wife's issue was time sensitive and potentially invasive and prone to metastasis, my friend's knee was an elective procedure, as are hip replacements and even heart bypass surgery. What that means is that it's very uncomfortable but you can get along with difficulty, but if you are careful you merely suffer discomfort until the surgery is performed. My friend with the knee says she feels as if she hadn't had a knee replacement except that she cannot flex the knee quite as completely as the other natural knee.
My wife is due for elective abdominal surgery common in 58 year old women who have not exercised sufficiently over the years. The fact she's spent the last 35 years standing on her feet hasn't helped either.
Regrettably I can't get the waiting times for you. If you're all smashed up in a car accident you'll have your MRI that day, If you come in with your leg all smashed up from a car accident you'll likely get a CAT scan immediately and an MRI as soon as possible. If you have arthritic changes to your knee and are having pain and difficulty walking you're likely to have to wait and take pills, but I no longer work in the system and therefore don't know how long you may wait. I hope Johah's figures are right for here, but I fear they're not.
As to the British issue, without reading the patient's history, I couldn't offer an opinion, not least because I am not a physician though well educated in other fields and I can learn things rather quickly, and I haven't worked there for 10 years which is a lifetime in medical technology.
The fact that certain areas in medicine are "earning centres" (Surgery, MRI Scans and other things I'm now ignorant of) rather than "Cost centres" (Long term care, Rehabilitative Medicine, much Emergency Room medicine) [Please correct me Dr. Bill] has very little long term effect on patient outcome as an entire population, though it has a great deal of effect on individual patients. Good, life long preventive care yields better results than great intervention when things go wrong.
When you go to World Statistics on Health Care, given Dollar per patient, the US should be first. It's not. It's not in the teens or the 20's or 30's. It's 50. If you want to live forever, you're out of luck but if you're still of child bearing age, move to Japan, Australia, Italy or Canada. These countries have good cradle to the grave healthcare systems.
Below you will find the CIA longevity estimates and population statistics for 2011. Many variables have been changed so that small very rich countries now show high up on the statistical analysis. The migration of the American super rich has had a profound effect on the Caribbean. The migration of the British super rich has raised Guernsey and Jersey, both tax free islands substantially. I believe the CIA used to have a cut off point in size of population below which they didn't bother, but that is no longer true. Macau, and Hong Kong are where the super rich of China go.
To explain the rating below: dposition, 1. country, Monaco. 3, Average life span to 89.73201 (6 decimal places which seems excessive to me, none or one should be enough) . Australia, and Italy are virtually tied at a little more than 1/2 year longer than the much maligned Canadian (rationed according to some) health care system. Canada, at 12th place, exceeds the US system by 3 years despite much sparser population, and only slightly less area. Canadian population is about 10% of the US population.
1Monaco 89.732011 est. 2Macau 84.412011 est. 3San Marino 83.012011 4Andorra 82.432011 est 5Japan 82.252011 est. 6Guernsey 82.162011 7Singapore 82.142011 est. 8Hong Kong 82.042011 est. 9Australia 81.812011 10Italy 81.772011 est. 11Jersey 81.382011 est. 12Canada 81.382011 13France 81.192011 est. 14Spain 81.172011 est. 15Switzerland 81.072011 16Sweden 81.072011 est. 17Israel 80.962011 est. 18Iceland 80.902011 19Anguilla 80.872011 est. 20Bermuda 80.712011 est. 21Cayman Islands 80.682011
22Isle of Man 80.642011 est. 23New Zealand 80.592011 est. 24Liechtenstein 80.312011 25Norway 80.202011 est. 26Ireland 80.192011 est. 27Germany 80.072011 est. 28United Kingdom 80.052011 29Jordan 80.052011 30Greece 79.922011 est.
31Saint Pierre and Miquelon 79.872011 est. 32Austria 79.782011 33Faroe Islands 79.722011 34Malta 79.722011 35Netherlands 79.682011 36Luxembourg 79.612011 est. 37Belgium 79.512011 est. 38Virgin Islands 79.332011 39Finland 79.272011 est. 40Turks and Caicos Islands 79.112011
41Korea, South 79.052011 42Wallis and Futuna 78.982011 43Puerto Rico 78.922011 44European Union 78.822010 45Bosnia and Herzegovina 78.812011
46Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha78.762011 47Gibraltar78.682011 48Denmark78.632011 49Portugal78.542011 50United States78.372011 est.
There is far more to this issue than these simple statistics. %Live
Births for example. I know of no statistic that measures quality of life. Canada spends a lot of money on care of the
elderly, prolonging rather pathetic lives in some cases. Again, I
repeat, I'd very much like to hear Dr. Bill Osler on this subject
(pseudonym from a famous Canadian Doctor of the 19th Century who grew up
in small town Ontario (Bond Head), not far from here, educated and later taught at McGill,
then a founder of John's Hopkins, in good ol' Ballmer "He was one of the "Big Four" founding
professors at Johns Hopkins Hospital as the first Professor of Medicine
and founder of the Medical Service there." [Wikipedia] " Regius Chair
of Medicine at Oxford, which he held until his death. He was also
an Fellow of Christ Church, Oxford." Education at McGill, studies
abroad, 10 on years on staff at McGill, 4 years at UPenn, 22 years at
Johns Hopkins, 14 years at Oxford.
Dr. Bill, please give me your demurrals regarding statistics and actual health. I have my own, but I value yours.
Andorra, number 4 on the list, used to be the only country where the national economy was listed as smuggling. I remember a much quoted statistic in the later 60's was that the Andorran National Defense Budget one year was $6.90 for one box of 9mm pistol ammunition. In the middle of the Vietnam War, that sounded like heaven.
I wonder how the current percentage of the GDP dedicated to the Military (currently 50%) would compare with that of '68, or '69, or '70?
"Looosie, you gotta lotta 'splainin' to do."