We’re graduating more doctors than ever, so why is it so hard to find a GP?

June 5, 2017

We’re graduating more doctors than ever, so why is it so hard to find a GP?


If you want to fix the system, change how doctors are paid, experts say
By Yvette Brend, CBC News Posted: May 04, 2017 4:32 PM PT Last Updated: May 04, 2017 4:32 PM PT

Experts say churning out more medical graduate will not solve B.C.’s family doctor shortage. It’s all about the pay. (Jared Rodriguez/Flickr)

Christopher Pengilly paid $15,000 to take over a medical practice in Victoria B.C., in the ’70s, beating out dozens of other doctors vying for it, but four decades later when he wanted to retire, nobody wanted to replace him.
“My pants were just about worn out from begging on my knees, can you pretty please take this one and that one,” said Pengilly who spent months finding his patients new physicians after dissolving his practice.
And he says this is indicative of a bigger problem in the province, when it comes to the dearth of family doctors.
In B.C., about 700,000 people, or 15 per cent of the population, have no family doctor.
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Universal public coverage of essential drugs would improve healthcare, research suggests

June 2, 2017

Ada Dominguez struggles to pay for her medications and sometimes does without. (Melanie Glanz:CBC
Ada Dominguez struggles to pay for her medications and sometimes does without. (Melanie Glanz/CBC

Governments should pay for essential prescribed medicines for all Canadians in order to improve their health care, new research suggests.

Drugs considered “essential medicines” should be available at all times to everyone who needs them, the researchers say. Examples include insulin, some antibiotics and oral contraceptives.

The World Health Organization introduced the concept of essential medicines, and more than 110 countries have adapted it to their needs. Canada has not, despite a 2012 call from the House of Commons health committee to establish such a list as soon as possible.

In Monday’s issue of the CMAJ Open, an online open-access journal, Dr. Nav Persaud, a family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and his team describe how they developed a preliminary Canadian essential medicines list of 125 drugs.

“If you look at the medications on the list, these are treatments for high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV,” Persaud said in an interview. The medications have been shown to save lives.
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Motion to develop a national seniors strategy was voted on and passed by Parliament on May 22. Here is how you can help.

June 2, 2017

Demand a Plan - canadian Medical Association

Excellent news! MP Marc Serré’s (Nickel Belt) motion to develop a national seniors strategy was voted on and passed by Parliament on May 22. 
Motion to be studied by House of Commons committee means we are one step closer to a national seniors strategy.

Canadians are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. We think it’s high time our health care system evolved to support this success story. Job one must be to build a national strategy on seniors care and a new Motion from MP Marc Serré proposes to do just that.

This Motion was inspired by the stories and the ideas presented here on Demand A Plan. Your support made this happen, so first of all, thank you!

Now, this Motion needs our support to help ensure seniors get better access to efficient, high-quality care, which will in turn improve access for all Canadians.

With strategic action, we can step up as a country and provide the support seniors need to enjoy better lives, longer.

Please take a minute to send this letter to your MP. Our collective voice cannot be ignored.

Click here to send a letter. http://www.demandaplan.ca/national-seniors-strategy?utm_campaign=serre_2_en&utm_medium=email&utm_source=canadianmedicalassociation

Vote for Public Healthcare

May 4, 2017


The BC Health Coalition reviewed the major B.C. parties’ platforms to evaluate their positions on five areas that would improve public health care for everyone. Click on the following link to view the guide:

BCHC Evaluation of Healthcare Platforms

Please consider each party’s platform when you go to the polls.

Letter from the BC Health Coalition re Anbang

May 1, 2017

Rather than conclude … that Canada is hemmed in to the current system and cannot change, the more reasonable conclusion is that if we want to expand the range of services in the public system, it is better to do that now while there is still very little foreign presence in health care in Canada and the potential costs of [trade] compensation are low.
–Roy Romanow, in the final report of the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada

The British Columbia Health Coalition (BCHC) is writing to present our concerns with the proposed acquisition of Retirement Concepts by Cedar Tree Investments. In this deal, Cedar Tree Investments, a subsidiary of China-based Anbang Insurance Group, hopes to acquire majority ownership in B.C.’s largest private long-term care operator.

BCHC is a non-profit and non-partisan network of individuals and organizations with a shared passion for public health care. Our coalition community is comprised of over 600,000 people in B.C. We are young people, seniors, health care workers, faith communities, health policy experts, and people with disabilities. In sum, we work to continually improve the system we all rely on, and to uphold the values of caring and fairness that our system represents. We believe care should be there for everyone when we need it, regardless of our age, gender, income level or the town we live in.
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B.C. Election 2017: Parties agree home care, long-term care and mental health need more spending

April 29, 2017

Sophia Farquhar, a six year old Big Brooks volunteer, sits with Stella Zdrill, a Brookhaven Care resident in West Kelowna on June 2, 2014. Brookhaven Care is an Interior Health Authority long term care facility that has a program where kids interact with the residents. JEFF BASSETT / VANCOUVER SUN

The B.C. Green party wants to create three different health ministries, the B.C. NDP says it will boost hospital operating room times to reduce surgical wait times, while the B.C. Liberals plan to keep renovating and building new hospitals – with $2.7 billion earmarked in spending for such capital construction in the next three years alone.

The governing Liberals are also promising to increase the number of medical doctors graduating from the University of B.C., from the current 288 to 400 by 2025. UBC is already one of the largest medical schools in North America, but Liberal MLA Andrew Wilkinson, a medical doctor, said it should expand even more “because we need more doctors.”
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Health Care Assistants training for Princeton residents

April 14, 2017

March 29, 2017

Okanagan College

HCA students Princeton March 2017:: (1)

Aging populations and retirements among baby boomer health care workers could spell a shortage of Health Care Assistants (HCAs) in many B.C. communities over the next decade. A special one-time intake of Okanagan College’s HCA program completed in Princeton recently and is already opening doors to health care careers for students in that community.

Natasha Smith has dreamt of a career in health care for more than fifteen years. On March 16, she became one of eight students to complete the program in Princeton.

A mother of three school-aged children, Smith says the hour-plus commute to the Okanagan College’s Penticton campus where the program is also offered, is not feasible for her. So when she learned the College would be offering an intake of its HCA program right in her hometown, she jumped at the chance.
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