in Ontario its terrible you can wait up to 2 years for an MRI. it just doesnt make sense for them to make house calls. our GPs know very little about research and what is being studied. my GP is great, i can tell him what i'd like to try or what ive read and he'll do some research on his own to try and help me or stop me if necessary.
Well, I live in Ontario as well and you don't wait 2 years for an MRI. The medical system here practices triage and those who need urgent medical care first, get it immediately...including MRI's. Those who require elective medical care or care that can wait are placed lower down the list and that can result in waits for several weeks....again, depending on the situation.
If my wife wants a general check-up at the MS Clinic here, she could wait for a year to get this. But if she were having a serious attack and needed to be seen right away, she would receive immediate attention from the clinic, probably through the emergency department and likely admitted if that was necessary. The MS Clinic has over 6,000 patients and they expect your GP to handle your everyday afflications.
I will agree that the quality of GP's varies a great deal. Some of them keep up to date as well as they can and are excellent. Some I wouldn't let touch my cat let alone me or my wife.