They were sicker and more vulnerable. So why did long-term-care patients see fewer doctors during COVID’s first wave?

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“When you look at a report like this you see so starkly how we have left older Canadians to die,” said Laura Tamblyn Watts, president and CEO of CanAge, a national seniors advocacy group. “We left them by not providing basic care in some cases in long-term care and then when they got sick, by not transferring to hospital to address the significant and serious acute care health needs they have.

“What we see here is ageism in action laid plain.”


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