Cancers are going undiagnosed and untreated as the pandemic consumes health care resources, and as patients avoid hospital and clinic waiting rooms.
Health Minister Patty Hajdu's supplementary mandate letter recognizes the broader COVID-19 related barriers to overall health care across Canada and committed to working with provinces and territories to 'expand capacity to deliver virtual health care, critical health and mental health resources and services.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
COVID-19 has created a crisis for Canadian cancer patients, who have faced extraordinary uncertainty —beginning with surgery delays last March that impacted hundreds of thousands of people and cancelled up to 38 per cent of all cancer surgeries.
People. Policy. Politics. This is an exclusive subscriber-only story.
Barring residents who haven’t been vaccinated from travelling to another province may be the unlikeliest of scenarios, but Prof. Krishnamurthy says he sees certificates being used to confer benefits to pass holders.