Doctors call for reforms as people in Sask. struggle to find a family doctor – CBC

Shortage of family doctors stresses patients, doctors and system

Oct 05, 2022

There are currently no doctor’s clinics in Saskatoon accepting new patients, according to the database on the Saskatchewan Health Authority website — part of a primary health care crisis that one doctor says has been looming for years.

“Sorry for the inconvenience,” reads the health authority’s site under the heading “clinics accepting general patients.”

Dr. Adam Ogieglo says the situation has never been this bad in Saskatoon.

“It’s always been slim pickings, but when I started 10 years ago as a family physician, you would find there would be a full page of doctors that were taking patients,” said Ogieglo, a family physician and partner at Lakeside Medical Clinic in Saskatoon.

“I’ve never seen the lists have zero doctors and zero clinics taking patients before.”

Ogieglo said that’s concerning because family physicians play a critical role in the health-care system.

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