As a physician working in Ontario's healthcare system for close to twenty years, I have witnessed many changes. An aging population, an aging provider workforce and ever advancing technologies and pharmaceuticals are contributing to create a healthcare environment in which public expectations may very well not be attainable.
At some point, we need to discuss what our publically funded healthcare system can provide and what it can't and find other means to provide the rest. We need the input from patients, from the providers and from the public in general. This should not be left to politicians whose careers are mostly much shorter than the time required to find viable solutions. This discussion is too important to leave to politicians.
Please join me in this discussion and post your comments. Please remember that although there is much passion associated with healthcare opinions, respect for differing perspectives must always be maintained.
I hope you find my future posts enlightening and thought provoking.