Patient Advocacy

The COA recognizes that many Canadians wait too long for access to musculoskeletal care. COA member surgeons are themselves frustrated with the length of time their patients may have to wait for consultation or surgery. The association continues to advocate for improvements to the health care system that result in shorter wait times and improved quality of musculoskeletal care for patients.

Frustrated with Long Wait Times? Take Action!

It’s time we use our collective voice to speak up so we can tackle surgical wait times now, and as we navigate the new normal after the pandemic.

The new #FastTrackCare campaign offers the opportunity to automatically send an e-mail to your respective Provincial MPP/MLA and Provincial Minister of Health on www.fasttrackcare.ca to:

  • bring awareness to orthopaedic wait lists further exacerbated by COVID-19
  • remove the misconception that ‘elective’ orthopaedic procedures are optional or lifestyle surgeries
  • advocate for the prioritization of orthopaedic procedures amid the pandemic, and emphasize that Canada has the human resource capacity to ramp up procedures

#FastTrackCare was developed by Mobilize Canada, a coalition made up of the COA, the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation, and the orthopaedic industry members of Medtech Canada.

Through this simple process on www.fasttrackcare.ca, you can customize  the email with your own personal impact story as a surgeon or patient, and emphasize that Canadians are waiting in pain for restorative procedures that are now further delayed by the pandemic.  These are tools that allow your voice to be heard.

How You Can Support #FastTrackCare

Patients!

  • Visit https://fasttrackcare.ca to take or copy/paste #FastTrackCare into the search engine of Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn to engage on social media.
  • Complete the one-step, easy to follow process to send an e-mail to your provincial leadership. Include your personal story to add a face to the hundreds of thousands of patients waiting in pain for important restorative procedures.
  • The web site also features a downloadable GR 101 document that outlines ways you could advocate through the #FastTrackCare campaign.
  • Share this campaign through your own social media channels and with friends and family

Orthopaedic Surgeons!

  • Direct your patients to https://fasttrackcare.ca to take action or copy/paste #FastTrackCare into the search engine of Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn to engage on social media.
  • The web site also features a downloadable GR 101 document that outlines ways you could advocate for your patients through the #FastTrackCare campaign.
  • Share this campaign through your own social media, web site and member communications (newsletters, journals).

It’s time make our collective voice and message louder and stronger together.  It’s time to speak up.

It’s time to #FastTrackCare.

Questions? Contact policy@canorth.org