Across Ontario, doctors believe the coronavirus pandemic has taken the concept of telemedicine from an idea to something that is here to stay.
Patient advocates believe that increased healthcare access that remote care provides has left seniors and disabled Canadians at a greater risk.
President of the Ontario Medical Association and a practicing cardiac surgeon, Dr. Samantha Hill, said the change came about very abruptly as hospitals tried to adapt to a health care system turned upside down due to the coronavirus.
“I don’t think they’re going to be able to put this back in the barn, But there needs to be work done on the system and how we move forward to make sure that … we’re not creating a second tier of medicine,” said Hill.
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