Half a million people in Toronto don’t have a family doctor, college says – CBC

Ontario College of Family Physicians says number could reach nearly 1 million by 2026

Mar 05, 2024

More than half a million people living in Toronto don’t have a family doctor, the Ontario College of Family Physicians said on Tuesday.

That number could reach nearly one million by 2026, it forecasted.

“Family medicine is under enormous strain right now due to system-wide issues. However, we believe it’s possible to turn this crisis around and let family doctors get back to what they most want, which is to be there for their patients,” Dr. Mekalai Kumanan, president of the college, said in a news release.

Many family doctors are expected to retire in the coming years and there aren’t enough doctors choosing family medicine to replace them and keep up with population growth, the release said.

Some family doctors are also leaving the profession because they have an overwhelming amount of administrative work and don’t practise medicine in a multidisciplinary team environment with other health-care professionals to support patient care, it said.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/family-doctors-toronto-1.7134337

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