Booking doctor’s appointments ‘a nightmare’ as parents struggle with long wait times – CTV

Nov. 15, 2022

After her son caught COVID-19 earlier this year, Jessica Botelho said she was looking forward to his annual checkup. While three-year-old Jaxson has since recovered from his high fever and upset stomach, Botelho said she wanted to make sure he wasn’t suffering from any long-term complications.

But when she tried booking an appointment at her son’s clinic in August, she was told the earliest appointment she could get was in November, she said.

“[The secretary] basically said people are waiting three to six months for an appointment,” she told in a telephone interview on Thursday. “Their excuse for everything that’s been going on is COVID.”

Botelho is one of several parents who wrote to about their difficulties with booking doctor’s appointments for their children over the last few months. The emailed responses have not all been independently verified.

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