Monthly Archives: December 2017

Better stay healthy because doctor supply in B.C. is about to get a whole lot worse

December 18, 2017

Patients having trouble finding doctors haven’t seen anything yet, suggests a study by B.C. researchers

PAMELA FAYERMAN

Published on: December 10, 2017 | Last Updated: December 11, 2017 4:32 PM PST

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Patients having trouble finding doctors — or waiting too long to see specialists and get treatment — haven’t seen anything yet, suggests a study by B.C. researchers that was published Monday.

That’s because about 40 per cent of B.C. doctors are at — or near — the average age that doctors retire, 65.1. And to exacerbate things, the study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that 40 per cent of doctors reduce their workload at least 10 per cent in the three years before they retire.

The problem is particularly acute for patients preferring female doctors or living in rural areas. Female physicians tend to retire four years before male doctors, and on average, rural doctors retire just over two years earlier.

It is hypothesized that rural doctors may retire earlier because of burnout or because of lower cost of living but regardless, “early retirement in these communities is of particular concern, given that many rural areas are known to have substantial difficulties recruiting and retaining physicians,” says the team of authors from the University of B.C., Simon Fraser University and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.

Lindsay Hedden, lead author and UBC researcher, said governments rely on College of Physicians and Surgeons licensing “head counts” but that may not be the most accurate method of counting doctors because many keep their licences active even when they wind down their practices. “Our findings (based on billing data) indicate that current forecasts likely overestimate the supply of physicians that will be practising in the future and the amount of service they will provide.”
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News Release – Princeton Health Care Steering Committee

December 11, 2017

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November 24, 2017
submitted by Edward Staples

Report on the November meeting of the Princeton Health Care Steering Committee
On Tuesday, November 21, the Princeton Health Care Steering Committee (PHCSC) held its monthly meeting at Princeton General Hospital. The PHCSC was formed in 2013 to provide a mechanism for Interior Health, the Town of Princeton, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, Cascade Clinic, Princeton General Hospital, and community organizations to work together to support stable, sustainable and accessible health care in Princeton.

This month’s meeting was attended by representatives from the Town of Princeton, Area H (RDOS), Cascade Medical practitioners, Princeton General Hospital staff, Interior Health, BC Ambulance Services, Princeton and District Community Services, Princeton Family Services, RCMP, and Support Our Health Care (SOHC). The meeting was chaired by Interior Health administrator, Susan Brown.

Susan Brown welcomed Sandra Lawlor (Area H), Connie Howe (Princeton Community Services), Heather Eriksen (Princeton Family Services), and Corporal Chad Parsons (RCMP) as new members on the Steering Committee.

Mary Beth Rutherford from the Penticton office of the BC Alzheimer’s Society gave a presentation outlining First Link, a referral program designed to help newly diagnosed people with dementia get the help they need as soon as possible. First Link assists physicians and health and community service providers to connect people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their families with the Alzheimer Society.

Suzanne Moccia, South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice, presented information on the Patient Medical Home, a primary health care model that focuses on team based, patient-centred care. Cascade Medical practitioners, Dr Black, Dr Monro and NP Ter Keurs, heartily endorsed the model and reported that they are working with the Division to implement the PMH model in Princeton.

Cherie Whittaker reported on facility upgrades at Princeton General Hospital. New purchases include the purchase of cardiac monitoring equipment and a new ventilator. The cardiac monitoring equipment connects our hospital with a network allowing consultation in real time between the GP and a cardiac specialist. The ventilator supports respiratory care in the Emergency Department. Whittaker also reported that three new Licensed Practical Nurses have been hired at the hospital.
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SOHC Discussion Paper

Developing an Improved and Sustainable Health Care Model for Princeton, B.C
Support Our Health Care has released a discussion paper in order to get feedback from the community, politicians and professionals about the state of local healthcare and what the long term solutions should be.
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