Wait times, access to doctors top local health concerns

Journal Staff

Sarnia-Lambton residents say reducing wait times and making it easier to get a doctor’s appointment are their top health-care priorities, according to an interim public survey.

The survey by the Ontario Medical Association asked residents what, outside of the COVID-19 pandemic, was their top priority for improving local health care.

Almost one third (31%) of those who have responded so far said reducing wait times. Another 23% said improving home care and long-term care for seniors, and 15% identified improving mental health and addictions.

In a second question, residents were asked what single most important thing could be done to improve local health-care services today. More than 42% said making it easier to get an appointment with their doctor.

When asked to grade the local health-care system on a scale of A, B, C or F, 23% gave it a B, 41% gave it a C, and 32% gave it a failing grade. Four per cent gave it an A.

The survey remains open through the Labour Day weekend at betterhealthcare.ca