They are hundreds of thousands of people. Lives shaken by pain, discomfort or dizziness, to which is added the uncertainty of an intervention or diagnosis that never comes. Four patients from the public health system explain to EL PAÍS their experience with waiting lists.
CRISTINA LAZO Merchant
Eight months with a life-changing 'alien'
Cristina Lazo lived 17 months with a benign tumor poking her head. A strange body that changes your life so much that you do not recognize yourself. The 50-year-old Zamora merchant had to leave the store, the gym, that frantic agenda that brought her here and there daily. The dizziness, the instability and the migraines that, as the months passed, caused him to grow the acoustic nerve neurinoma prevented him from going out into the street. He stopped sleeping. "They operated on me and all the ills were taken away from me," she says over the phone, the voice touched by a common facial paralysis after this intervention, "the worst has not been the illness, but waiting day after day for you to be called."
On July 17, 2018, they confirmed the operation with priority 2 (wait no longer than 90 days), he says. It was intervened on February 5, almost eight months later, well above the 53 days that, according to official data, expect otolaryngology patients to undergo surgery in Castilla y León. In the time he was living pending the phone, with life stopped, put a rosary of claims.
TOMÁS PERERA Commercial
The impossible mission of seeing the dermatologist
"Yesterday they told me that the waiting list to see the traumatologist was a year and a half," laments Tomás Perera from Lanzarote. "I have an injury that closes my little finger," says the 49-year-old commercial. Not long ago he experienced the experience of waiting 14 months for the dermatologist because he had an injury, "a kind of tumor", which during the wait grew. "And that I put two or three claims." Canarias is the community with the worst marks in delays for consultations with the specialist: the majority (85%) waits more than two months, twice the national average. It takes 105 days to see them, while the global brand is at 57. Tomás says that he has now been waiting eight months to see the dermatologist, since he suffers from vitiligo and psoriasis, and eight for the urologist. "I suffered an inflammation of the prostate and an infection and because of my age they have to control me." "We have gone much worse in recent years. You stop being sure that when something happens to you, you are covered. That experience takes you to knock on the door of private healthcare. "
IZASKUN NÚÑEZ Educator
Four years of Calvary between two islands
Izaskun has been entangled for four years in endless waiting, income and doctors between Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. "Now I'm waiting to see the psychiatrist because I have mental gaps," says the 55-year-old Cabildo de Fuerteventura educator. They asked for a preferential appointment in November, but they will not see it until May. She says that in mid-2015 she was told she had cervical cancer, delayed until September for conization and more than two months later the results. They had to remove the uterus and the ovaries. They operated on the neighboring island and suffered serious kidney complications. "I was in diapers for over a year." Added to that was taking the plane "with the bags of nephrostomy, falling down", for treatment in three different centers. After months waiting for a hernia operation (in the Canaries they wait for an average of 110 days, the worst mark after Castilla-La Mancha, where they await 125) they cited it in Gran Canaria at 7.30 in the morning. "Plane, rent an apartment ... when they could have done it in Fuerteventura".
PEDRO M. Professor
"I bleed daily when walking"
Pedro M. began to bleed when urinating at the end of the summer of 2017. Until four months later the urologist did not see him in Granada. "I was getting worse before the time came to do the tests," laments this 36-year-old man who, because of the type of illness, prefers to hide his name. A year later he had to hurry back from abroad, where he was working for a while. "He bled every day, as he walked, swerving with the car." From the Emergency Room they gave him an appointment for an ultrasound in February. His insistence got him to have the diagnosis in September: a stone in the bladder three centimeters in diameter. In Andalusia, the average wait for surgery in Urology is 62 days. Pepe took more than four months and because he stood in the hospital to ask the doctors about his situation. "I think of older people who do not have the resources to move and protest. What is going on with them?". After the intervention continues with pains. "They did not quote me for the reviews," he says indignantly. "I ended up doing private insurance. I can not anymore".