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'Will now likely lose the sight in my left eye'to the editor,
Posted October 11, 2013
I am writing regarding a very short sighted and critical deficiency at Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH). I learned recently, (rather cruelly), that the hospital only budgeted for 45 Glaucoma surgeries for the fiscal year. Apparently, that limit was reached in mid September.
The result was the cancellation of much needed surgery for a number of Dr. Kahn's patients. I am just one of those who will now likely lose the sight in my left eye while the talents of Dr. Kahn and his surgical team at Stevenson are wasted.
The Central LHIN Board may not be aware that Dr. Kahn is one of only a handful of Opthamologists in Ontario who are able to perform these complex Glaucoma surgeries. All have full calendars.
Stevenson Memorial's cuts have now thrown a number of Ontario citizens into an untenable position. There is nowhere for us to turn to save our sight. Likely, many of us will become a burden on the tax base for the remainder of our lives. I for one, am a self employed bookkeeper with a thriving practice which I will have to give up if there is no hope of saving my vision. I'm sure others will suffer similar hardship.
I urge the Central LHIN to take immediate action to continue funding the hospital and its excellent staff to provide these urgently needed medical procedures. Stevenson Memorial has invested considerable resources in equipment and staff training, how can this all be allowed to fade away when so many people need the services?
Does SMH have numerical limits on all its services? When does the funding for ER cases run out, and where will you send the patient who arrives just after the quota is reached?
Canada's politicians love to glorify our health care system all over the world, yet, it is woefully underfunded while billions of dollars are sent oversees to help others, and billions more wasted here in Ontario on cancelled programs.
The Glaucoma surgery budget is a relatively small piece of the pie, but the human cost of cutting it is enormous.