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Senior won't beg - M. Reiss

After being told I needed knee surgery very soon, my doctor sent me to Toronto to see a specialist rather than have me wait two to three years to have it done in Sudbury. I figured I would get a travel grant. Wrong! I received excuses.
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After being told I needed knee surgery very soon, my doctor sent me to Toronto to see a specialist rather than have me wait two to three years to have it done in Sudbury. I figured I would get a travel grant. Wrong! I received excuses. They could not read the doctor's writing. They questioned why I could not wait to have it done in Sudbury.

My doctor kept informing them I had to have it done soon, but to no avail.

I have made three trips to the Travel Grant Office and two trips to MPP Rick Bartolucci's office (where they told me they had done all they could for me).

Finally I received a cheque for $43 with the explanation I could have had the operation done in North Bay. I asked how I could have known this. I was told that it was up to me to find out these things.

I am a senior on a fixed income and I cannot understand why I have to beg for this travel grant. I would have liked to have this done in Sudbury, but I could not. It seems to me, people are being punished for living up here. I can not help it if I could not find a specialist. So any advice will be appreciated.

M. Reiss
Wahnapitae



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