Too many Ontarians with arthritis are living in pain waiting for joint replacement surgery, to see specialists, and access needed care. It’s time to end the wait. It’s time to stop the pain.
Ask candidates and party leaders to make ARTHRITIS a priority.
What we are asking for
1. End wait times
Arthritis is the leading cause of joint replacement surgeries, including over 99% of knee replacements and more than 70% of hip replacements. The delays and cancellations during the pandemic have caused a huge backlog in wait times for these life-changing surgeries. This wait is leading to unnecessary pain and suffering, preventing many Ontarians from contributing to their families, communities and workplaces. Surgery delays can also lead to significant additional costs due to associated co-morbidities, including diabetes, heart disease, mental health and other health challenges. The Arthritis Society’s report The Wait: Addressing Canada’s Critical Backlog of Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeries provides recommendations to address the surgical backlog issue and improve our healthcare system.
2. Improve access to arthritis care
The pandemic has also highlighted the need to change and do things differently to improve our healthcare system. Too many people with arthritis are not receiving the right treatment at the right time. To better diagnose, treat and manage arthritis, Ontarians need timely access to care, including specialists, and community-based arthritis programs and services, which are proven to help manage arthritis. Many Ontarians currently face long wait times or financial challenges accessing the care, programs and services needed to manage arthritis, especially pain. Urgent action is needed. The Arthritis Society’s report The Wait: Addressing Canada’s Critical Backlog of Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeries provides solutions beyond the surgical backlog issue that can help improve our healthcare system.