October 6th, 2020
I am a semi-retired welder and due to recent economic downturn I need to go back to work. Before I start I need a ten minute procedure done to my eye so I can see what I am welding.
After seeing an optometrist I waited to hear from an ophthalmologist and they said it would be a two year wait. This was unacceptable to me so I investigated self pay options and I could get in at about 10 weeks after my initial appointment.
In other countries they offer this 10 minute surgery the same or the next day. Here I am forced to wait 2 years or more. This is ridiculous.
Days before my surgery the government was successful at closing the Cambie Surgery Center. I could likely see right now and with a few more weeks on the mend be ready to work and pay tax. Instead I go back to the waiting lists and no earning or tax paying for me.
Please stop spending tax dollars on lawyers to stop surgeries thus increasing wait times. Please start paying for or allowing individuals to pay for the surgeries they need to keep working and keep paying tax.
The country will not work if we all sit at home on disability instead of producing finished products and providing services to our fellow Canadians.