A lot of people are talking about a situation in Saskatchewan where someone with rapidly-spreading cancer was told to wait three months to see an oncologist before the treatment could even begin.
The family of a 57-year-old Meath Park woman says it will take at least three months before their mother gets to see a Saskatchewan oncologist who can tell her if her cancer is treatable or fatal.Well, CJME is now reporting that they have now moved up her appointment to next week. What does this say about our health system? Who, exactly, is responsible for moving the appointment up?
And while Health Minister Len Taylor says three months is too long to wait, he offered little Wednesday to indicate wait times to see cancer specialists in this province will soon be getting shorter.
Emily Morley has already waited a month to see an oncologist since receiving her biopsy results that identified her secondary cancer, but were inconclusive in determining the primary source. Until that primary source is identified, her treatment cannot begin.
And even though the cancer is now in Morley's lungs, liver, pancreas and spine, the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic has advised her it will still take at least three months to see an oncologist.
Did Health Minister Len Taylor call the health authority to have the appointment moved up, or was this an initiative taken by the health authority? Either way, doesn't this suggest our health system is politicized? If Len Taylor made the call, was it simply because of the media scrutiny focused on the incident?
There is a disturbing trend developing in Canadian society. People, fed up with the health system -- their very lives at stake -- are going to the media to get the treatment they pay for and deserve. To think that politicians or health bureaucrats have the power to snap their fingers and grant health care to someone is...well...unthinkable.