Doctor shortage will only get worse

Publication: 
Delta Optimist
Author: 
Sandor Gyarmati
Date Published: 
Fri, 04/22/2016

Quoted from the article (online here):

Last year provincial Health Minister Terry Lake admitted he's unsure if the province would be able to deliver on its promise of ensuring every British Columbian has access to a family physician, although he noted there has been progress on that front.

Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington doesn't see it that way, saying that when the government made its ambitious promise in 2010, an estimated 176,000 British Columbians were looking for a family physician, yet last year the minister of health said that number had climbed to nearly 210,000.

"The GP shortage presents a real challenge for people in South Delta. According to the Ministry of Health, there may be over 2,000 people looking for a family doctor in our community. For the moment, they are out of luck. Each GP's practice serves 1,000 to 2,000 patients, so unless new family doctors replace those that retire, more people in South Delta will be looking for help," Huntington said. ...

Meanwhile, when it comes to retiring doctors moving their patients' files to a private storage company, Huntington said if the government can't resolve the current GP shortage, then at a minimum it should cover the document-transfer fees of patients who lose their family doctor and have nowhere else to turn.

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