Surgery wait time is un­con­scionable

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - OPINION -

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

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