Healthcare Crisis in Ontario, More Than 11,000 Died Waiting For Surgeries, Scans in Past Year
These grim findings are compounded by a 21-page report from CUPE's Ontario Council of Hospital Unions.
Over the past year, an estimated 11,000 Ontarians have tragically lost their lives while waiting for crucial surgeries, MRIs, and CT scans.
Among those grappling with the challenges of the current healthcare system is Jordanna Bialo, a 38-year-old patient whose health took a downturn in October 2020. She represents a growing number of individuals desperately seeking answers within the healthcare labyrinth.
In July, after enduring an agonizing year and a half wait to see a gynecologist, Bialo finally underwent a hysterectomy. However, her medical journey took another distressing turn when doctors discovered four additional tumors on her back. Regrettably, obtaining a CT scan became an arduous task.
Bialo voiced her frustrations, saying, “They told me I need imaging done sooner than later, I’ve been on the phone with the hospital for the last two weeks, nobody answers. I’m constantly waiting, it’s a battle.”
Her plight is not isolated, as statistics reveal that only 56 percent of patients in need of CT scans and a mere 35 percent requiring MRIs receive these vital diagnostic tests within their designated timeframes.
Alarmingly, the surgical waitlist in Ontario has ballooned to encompass over 200,000 individuals, exacerbating an already dire situation.