Will the doc­tor see us now?

Annapolis Valley Register - - YEAR IN REVIEW - BY ASH­LEY THOMP­SON THE REG­IS­TER KINGS COUNTY, N.S.

There’s a sense of dread weigh­ing on Karen Hasler’s mind daily.

“Every­one should have ac­cess to con­stant, con­tin­u­ous and un­in­ter­rupted care with the same physi­cian,” she said on Dec. 13.

That’s hardly the case for Karen or her hus­band, Mervyn Hasler. The cou­ple re­turned to Nova Sco­tia in Au­gust 2017 af­ter spend­ing 10 years in Al­berta for work.

They moved home to be closer to their daugh­ters. But the tim­ing turned out to be any­thing but ideal.

Mervyn was di­ag­nosed with a heart con­di­tion a cou­ple of months be­fore the move. He had no trouble ac­cess­ing the med­i­cal care he needed in Ed­mon­ton.

In Fe­bru­ary, the cou­ple shared their frus­tra­tions about be­ing on a wait list for a fam­ily prac­tice in Nova Sco­tia with Kings County News for the first time.

They’re still counted among the thou­sands of Nova Sco­tians seek­ing a fam­ily doc­tor.

“We think close to half the doc­tors we have seen in the past 16 months have re­tired,” said Karen.

“We can’t even find out where we are lo­cated on this wait list… doc­tors ap­pear to take on pa­tients who may not be on the list.”

Mervyn, she noted, has been wait­ing for an ap­point­ment with a car­di­ol­o­gist in the Val­ley for seven months.

“We are very dis­ap­pointed and frus­trated,” she said.

“Our health has been sta­ble re­cently, but we dread the thought of some­thing un­fore­seen hap­pen­ing.”

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