According to the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), fixing wait times, mental health and doctor shortages in Kitchener and surrounding areas are priorities for residents amid the upcoming provincial election.
Statistics from the OMA suggest that Kitchener and area residents are waiting longer than recommended for MRIs and some surgeries. In fact, in Kitchener, 86 per cent of residents waited longer than provincial targets for cataract surgery, and 69 per cent waited longer for an MRI.
They say this is only being made worse by the backlog of 22 million medical services build up during the pandemic.
The area also desperately needs more doctors, according to Health Force Ontario, which currently has around 115 job openings for more doctors.
Residents are also concerned about mental health and addiction.
But Ontario doctors have solutions. The OMA has suggestions for clearing the backlog, fixing wait times, and easing the doctor shortage, as well as addressing mental health and addiction, through their 5-point plan for Better Health Care.
The OMA is calling on political parties to adopt these recommendations as part of their platforms ahead of the election.