Making better picks for the doctors we need – Winnipeg Free Press

Mar. 27, 2024

This year, the Canadian Institute for Health Care published the results of an international survey indicating that, in 2023, Canada was in last place of 10 high-income countries in access to a primary health care provider.

Currently, only 86 per cent of Canadian adults have this access. Alarmingly, this is down from 93 per cent in 2016.

Currently, four million Canadians have no family physician. Poorer Canadians who suffer from the greatest burden of illness have even lower access.

As a recently retired family doctor of 43 years, it is with this knowledge that I read with dismay a March 21 CTV News article reporting that, once again, more than 250 family practice residency positions in Canada remained unfilled after the first round of Canadian Residency Matching Service matching. In Manitoba this year, 10 family medicine positions remain unfilled.

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