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To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
WHEREAS People waiting for complex spinal surgeries, including for scoliosis, are forced to wait years in debilitating pain for the care they need, risking life-long consequences and deterioration of function.
WHEREAS Surgeons are willing and able to help, but the system puts up many barriers. Surgeons face the difficult choice of offering routine spinal surgeries - which guarantee compensation - over complex spinal surgeries, further lengthening the wait times for patients with complex cases.
WHEREAS the lack of collaboration between Ministry of Health Adjudicators and providers has lead to challenges in conducting fair and accurate assessments of complex cases.
WHEREAS Ontario’s funding for complex cases for spinal surgeries, derived from the General funding bucket, deprioritizes complex spinal surgeries, over routine/simple surgeries.
THEREFORE, WE THE UNDERSIGNED PETITION THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO TO:
- Address the ever-increasing wait times and make complex spinal surgeries available in a timely manner.
- Immediately improve access to surgery for complex spinal conditions by increasing and equitably funding Spine care in Ontario hospitals.