Two patients limp into two different medical clinics, both suffering 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 doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment. He then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist. Then, he gets an x-ray, which isn’t reviewed for another week. Finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then.
Why the different treatment for the two patients?
The FIRST is a Golden Retriever.
The SECOND is a Senior Citizen.
Next time take me to a vet.
Boy, if this doesn’t hit the nail on the head, I don’t know what does!
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