One in five adult Canadians don’t have a family doctor, study finds – Prince George Citizen

A recent survey and peer-reviewed analysis have found British Columbians are the third least likely to have a family doctor in Canada and the most likely to use walk-in clinics.

More than one in five Canadian adults report having no family doctor, a new study has found.

The analysis is based on survey responses from more than 9,200 people across Canada, collected in the fall of 2022 and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal Tuesday by 21 doctors and medical researchers from across the country.

First author Dr. Tara Kiran, a family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital and associate professor at the University of Toronto, said its unconscionable that in some parts of the country, a third of adults — about 6.5 million Canadians — are shut out from access to regular primary health care.

“The degree of provincial variation was surprising,” said Kiran. “We have one country and this study really speaks to how we have 14 different health systems.”

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