Doctor wait-list nears 78,000 as N.S. government gets to work on healthcare promises
2021-10-12 from cbc.ca
Colin Heighton had been in the waiting room for eight hours when he couldn't take it anymore.
It was early September and he was violently ill. He had a fever and was constantly throwing up. It was the sickest he had been in his life.
The New Glasgow, N.S., man was at the emergency department at the Aberdeen Hospital, desperate for medical attention. He never imagined he would leave without seeing a physician.
"They gave me a bag to throw up in in the waiting room and told me that it would be a while," he said. After eight hours, he gave up and went home.
"I cried for probably the entire evening when I left because I knew I needed care, and I didn't get the care that I needed. I didn't know what to do."
Last summer, Heighton's family doctor retired with no replacement. Heighton, who has epilepsy, joined a growing number of Nova Scotians who have registered on the list to get a new primary care provider.
That list reached a new high in October, with 77,696 names. That's an increase of nearly 60 per cent compared to the same time last year.
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