Manitoba’s surgery backlog remains high and growing each day
Manitoba’s surgery waitlist surpassed a staggering 151,000 and becomes more apparent the state of a badly broken health care system. A system that has seen Premier Stefanson expand her Cabinet in yesterday’s shuffle to see the creation of three Health Ministers.
It is now the second time within 12 months the Manitoba Government has added another Minister to the Health portfolio with hopes of showing Manitobans they have some sense of competence in this department.
It should not shock Manitobans if the current government adds a fourth and a fifth Minister to this portfolio. As absurd as it may be, the government has not shown Manitobans they can be entrusted to manage a healthcare system that is hurting for leadership.
Today the government announced they are sending 300 spinal cord surgery patients to the United States to conduct their operations. The government has entered into an agreement with Sandford Health, located in Fargo, North Dakota, to do the surgeries.
The cost of sending patients to the U.S will be a substantial hit to Manitobas taxpayers. It remains unknown what other scheduled surgeries are going south of the border nor the cost.
Manitobans are still waiting for the government’s task force to outline their strategy for tackling the enormous surgery backlog. Until that happens’ Manitobans are left to make critical decisions on whether to seek out surgeons abroad or continue to play the wait and see approach by their government.