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Ask the Rheumatologist: Latest Answer

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Cheryl from Alberta asks: Why are wait times so long to see a rheumatologist?

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Wait times are too long to see a rheumatologist!  With a growing Alberta population and recent retirements, there are not enough rheumatologists in the province.  We could easily have another 10-15 rheumatologists in Alberta for the number of patients that need to be seen.  Unfortunately, there are only about 30 new rheumatologists across the country every year, so it’s not easy to find new rheumatologists.  Rheumatologists believe that we can provide better and quicker access to care with an updated model of care, relying on a rheumatology team that includes rheumatologists, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapy, occupational therapy and more.  While we continue to advocate, we need a partner in the health system to work with to make this happen.  For those who want to help, join the Patient Advisory Council to help have your voice heard.

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