Canada’s family doctor shortage: 10 million will soon lack access to primary care – Nipawin Journal

Feb 16, 2024

Family doctors are retiring and moving into other areas of medicine, creating a disaster for a country with universal health care

It’s a question Dr. David Barber gets asked all the time by neighbours knocking on his door and Uber drivers delivering coffee to the clinic: Could he take them on as patients?

“It feels awful to turn them down, it’s a terrible feeling,” said Barber, chair of the Ontario Medical Association’s section on general and family practice and a family doctor in Kingston, Ont., which last summer lost six family doctors to retirement over a span of six months, leaving 7,000 people suddenly “unattached.”

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