It is time to sound the alarm on Ontario’s crisis in children’s health care.
Wait lists are synonymous with health care in Ontario. It’s an unfortunate reality we’ve succumb to as the fractures in our health care system deepen.
More than 160,000 children have languished for years without support, often suffering in silence while insurmountable wait lists grow. We now fear that while treatment backlogs mount as a result of the pandemic, our system will never catch up. Behind those numbers are real children and families who are waiting for support.
There are critical windows during a child’s development where treatment must occur and if missed, the opportunity is lost. Without timely care, physical, developmental and mental health challenges can follow children into adulthood. Barriers to accessing care are even higher for children from Black, Indigenous and racialized communities.
Whether it’s spinal surgery for children with scoliosis or acute anxiety,