By MPP Toby Barrett
To The Haldimand Press
For way too long, Ontario patients and families have been getting lost in our health care system, falling through the cracks, and waiting too long for care. This obviously can have a negative impact on the wellbeing of those involved, as well as their loved ones.
The health care system is facing capacity pressures. It does not have the right mix of services, beds, or digital tools to be ready for a growing and rapidly-aging population – a population with more complex care needs. Problems range from hallway healthcare, to waitlists, to poor value for money, and to poor patient experience.
Essentially, Ontario’s health care system is on life-support. Patients are forgotten on wait lists. More than 1,000 patients are receiving care in hallways every day and the average wait time to access a bed in a long-term care home is 146 days. That’s a 300% increase from five years ago.
Too much time and attention is spent propping up a fragmented system. And far too many people believe it is the patient’s or the family’s job to navigate this complicated system during what is already one of the most traumatic and stress-filled periods in their lives.