There are multiple issuesand concerns with health care in Canada, branching from the outspread ofdiseases to the flaws in the health system. In my opinion, the lack ofattention on mental health as well as the difficulty in accessing healthcare inCanada are concerning making them important health care issues. Mydefinition of accessing health services encompasses the patient’s experiencesin the healthcare system.
Patient experiences can range from the interactionspatients have with the system, their health providers as well as theircommunity. This relationship embraces communication between all parties allowingeasy access to information, which is a stepping stone towards receivingresponsive and respectful care from health professionals that tailors towardsthe patient’s needs and values. However, there are many barriers in Canada thatprevent patients in receiving the best quality of care. Barriers include waittimes as well as frustration in contacting health services as many patientsfind difficulty in booking same day or next day doctor appointments. Moreover, patientsneed to wait endless hours to be admitted into the emergency room or hospitalto look at their “minor symptoms”, while wait lists for elective surgeries andreferrals to specialists are lengthy taking up to months causing delay inseeking and obtaining treatment.
This is concerning as it does not comply withgiving responsive and respectful care. What are thought to be minor symptomssuch as headaches, or bumps that start appearing under an individual’s chinwould be thought to disappear in a couple days, which shows that individuals believethese are minor symptoms that do not contribute towards a bigger issue, such ascancer or an internal disease. The process in which health authorities aredealing with this is dangerous and can be detrimental for the patient’s healthas well as the successful productivity of a hospital. By making individualswait, it gives time for the condition to worsen, giving doctors morecomplicated cases as they have neglected the source and are dealing with a biggerproblem that arose from the minor symptoms instead. This in turn will prolongthe stay of patients which will occupy hospital beds making space scarce andlimited.
Along with the congestion ofpatients, many of older age patients would be affected greatly due to the hugepopulation of baby boomers. An influx of aging older patients would result inlimited space and beds in nursing homes which extends the wait list time for longterm primary care such as senior homes.