We Are In Trouble
This pandemic has put so many strains and challenges in just about every aspect of our lives. I don’t think there is one person world wide it has not affected. In Canada, the health care system has taken a huge hit. National health care can be great in theory, but when problems already exist and something like this happens, well, the light at the end of the tunnel doesn’t even seem possible.
All of the provinces have been struggling to keep up but Ontario has really been hit. The Financial Accountability Office (FAO) is estimating it will need $1.3 billion and 3.5 years just to clear the massive backlog for diagnostic procedures and elective surgeries. The report also found a $3.7 billion hole in the health budget for 2023-24 which would grow to a cumulative $61.9 billion by 2023-2030 without additional spending. Due to the halt to elective surgeries to open up critical care floors, it is projected to grow to 410,200 postponed elective surgeries and almost 2.5 million delayed diagnostic procedures by the end of September of this year.
The FAO estimates the cost to clear the cancer surgery alone backlog to be $57 million and total surgery backlog to be $1.06 billion. An additional $241 million is needed to eliminate the screenings such as CT and MRI scans.
The budget for 2021 has already put $610 million into addressing the backlog. There is a shortfall of another $700 million needed to get things caught back up.
It’s not a position anyone wants to be placed in, especially if they have or are facing something like a cancer diagnosis. The mental anguish that would have on a person not knowing if the cancer is spreading while they wait for treatment is a feeling I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
If you have been subjected to another delay and would like to explore private options, give Health Vantis a call and we’d be happy to find a solution for you. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-344-3544.