July 19, 2024
Moir was careful to point out that throwing money at the problem won’t solve it. He said Canadian provinces should adopt a similar approach to Saskatchewan’s “very successful experiment,” which involved expanding and contracting private clinics to deliver publicly funded healthcare.

Ontario doctor reports three year wait for patient to see ENT

An Ontario doctor is sounding off about the three years one of his patients has to wait to see an ear, nose, and throat specialist.

A year after requesting a consult with an ENT for a patient with hearing loss and tinnitus, or ear ringing, Dr. Mike Hart received a written note from another doctor informing him his patient would likely have to wait over three years to see him.

“Due to an overwhelming number of referrals, the current wait time for non-urgent referral is 36+ months,” the note read.

“There are a lot of people out there who have had something similar happen,” Hart, a London, Ont. physician, told True North in an interview. “Maybe it hasn’t been three years like with that particular patient, but they may have had a situation where they had to wait six months, 12 months, one month, two months.”

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