How many Cataract surgeries could be had with the gas plant moving costs????………all of them!!

Posted: October 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Talk about DISGUSTING!

Cancel two gas plants and waste 1 BILLION dollars worth of OUR money to save a couple of Liberal seats in the past election but “TO HELL WITH ALL THOSE ELDERLY CITIZENS WHO ARE GOING BLIND!”

This Government needs to be LOCKED OUT of Queen’s Park!

How’s YOUR eyes Deb?

Ontario Liberals cutting cataract surgery

October 29th, 2013

Ontario Liberals cutting cataract surgery

PROVINCIAL HEALTH MINISTER DEB MATTHEWS Dave ThomasToronto Sun/QMI Agency

JOHNATHAN SHER | QMI AGENCY

LONDON — After declaring war on failing eyesight when they swept to power a decade ago, the Ontario Liberals are in retreat, cutting cataract surgery just as a grey wave of seniors reaches provincial hospitals.

Such a dire outcome was predicted by the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario after the province made the cuts.

“These cuts will turn back the clock on all of the progress made on wait times and will have dire consequences for patients requiring cataract surgery; these patients are most often seniors,” wrote ophthalmologist Tim Hillson, who chairs the eye doctors group.

Those predictions are coming to fruition, Hillson said Tuesday.

“It’s kind of a perfect storm. We have an increase in demand because of demographics and people want to get it earlier because they know friends who have had it and had good experiences,” he said.

Ontario hospitals have twice had to brace for changes to the way the province pays for cataract surgeries.

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Cataract cuts hit home with grey wave in sight

By Jonathan Sher, The London Free Press Tuesday, October 29, 2013 

After declaring war on failing eyesight when they swept to power a decade ago, the Ontario Liberals are in retreat, cutting cataract surgery just as a grey wave of seniors reaches provincial hospitals.

Wait times have grown at hospitals such as St. Joseph’s in London and will continue to rise under the strain of seniors, who are more prone to developing a cloudy lens in their eyes that obscures vision — cataracts.

Already, in big-city Ontario, some wait times are flirting with, or shooting past, provincial targets.

“We can’t stop wait times from increasing,” Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, St. Joe’s chief executive, said Tuesday.

Such a dire outcome was predicted by the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario after the cuts: “These cuts will turn back the clock on all of the progress made on wait times and will have dire consequences for patients requiring cataract surgery; these patients are most often seniors,” wrote ophthalmologist Tim Hillson, who chairs the group.

Those predictions are beginning to come to life, Hillson said Tuesday.

“It’s kind of a perfect storm. We have an increase in demand because of demographics and people want to get it earlier because they know friends who have had it and had good experiences,” he said.

Across Ontario, wait times for cataract surgery already range on the high side in major cities, with patients in Toronto waiting 58 to 183 days, while those in London wait nearly 200 days and in Ottawa 133 to 181 days.

In Hamilton, it ranges from 218 days to 294.

Among the shortest lineups are in Cornwall and Stratford, where patients wait 29 and 55 days. In Sarnia, it’s 78 days.

The province sets as a target wait for the surgery 182 days for 90% of patients.

Cataract surgery had been a medical beachhead for the Liberals who took power in 2003.

The Grits promised to tame waiting lists by focusing first on cataracts, cancer surgery, heart procedures, hip and knee replacements and MRI and CT scans.

Those efforts caused waiting lists for cataracts to dip below the 182-day provincial target.

“The public (knows) it’s important to be able to see,” Hillson said.

Consider St. Joseph’s a case study of what happens when you reduce access to a surgery crucial to seniors:

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