And this is why covid case #s are serious and can't just be ignored, even if someone thinks covid isn't a big deal or thinks everyone should just "suck it up" and get on with lifeWe haven't ever gotten to the point of discussing payment options as Ontario residents seeking medical care in NS. Closest clinic we phoned "not taking anyone new". Second clinic "No walk ins". On latter trip drove by the hospital "ER closed".
Doctor availability is reduced. Their jobs are dangerous, because seeing patients in person puts them at high risk for catching covid. So many clinics are scaling back availability to see patients. I also know of a couple (older) doctors who retired during all of this, because covid could have killed them if they kept seeing patients.
We have to take case numbers seriously. When case numbers soar, it's a problem for all of us. We ALL need to see doctors for one reason or another. If the docs aren't available, if the clinics are at capacity, that's a big problem.