Original broadcast date: March 2, 2008
Although much is made of the family doctor shortage, there are other areas where doctors are becoming scarce. The Association of Ontario Neurologists report that less than 200 neurologists are actively practicing in the province. By the year 2020, Ontario will need at least 100 more, as neurologists here are 50 years old on average. The province is currently short 40 neurologists.
Waiting times for appointments to see neurologists are now at an all time high of six to 12 months. This is unacceptable for both neurologists and patients.
- Dr. Ranjit Singh, President of the Association of Ontario Neurologists