Throughout your journey with epilepsy, you may encounter some long wait times. In Canada, there have been recent efforts to make accessing care easier. These have included increasing the number of Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) beds in the hospitals of some provinces, and improving the availability of certain medical and surgical procedures.
Your health care provider should consider wait times, availability and accessibility when referring you to a specialist. However, do keep in mind that candidates for epilepsy surgery may experience long wait times for their surgery. It is important to see an epileptologist sooner rather than later if your health care provider thinks you may be a candidate for surgery.