Surgery wait time is unconscionable
A letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne: Today, we had our annual eye exams and my wife was told she requires eye surgery for cataracts. She will be referred to a specialist who will assess and monitor her condition, however, she will still have to wait for surgery for over a year from now.
Why, in this province, do we have to wait for over a year for necessary surgery? This is not optional or cosmetic surgery: Without this surgery she could go blind.
Who can say that, in this enforced wait, depending on the rate of her eye problem’s progress, that the surgery will be in time and successful in view of the long wait time? It is my understanding that operating room
times are available, but, that the surgeons are restricted to a limited number of operations by your government’s regulations.
Is this because funds are not available? There was money for a giant inflatable duck on the waterfront this summer, 5+ million to advertise hydro bills, and there is always money for your government’s questionable projects: Why the cuts to necessary health care surgeries?
People are in pain waiting for surgery that will relieve their suffering. The anxiety and possible loss of vision, because of the long wait times created by your government’s restrictions, is unconscionable.
Can you, as premier, provide a relevant explanation why a longtime taxpayer, who now needs help from the health care system (that his taxes have supported for many years, and are now maintaining), is told this necessary health care is unavailable to my loved one for over a year because of your government’s restrictions?
How can you honourably, morally and truthfully justify letting this happen to Ontarians? Stan Marshall, Brockville