What can P.E.I. do to recruit more doctors? – CBC

We lost more family doctors than we gained in 2022. How can that loss be stopped?

Mar 14, 2023

It’s been just over a month since the latest Prince Edward Island doctor informed patients he was closing down shop.

Dr. Hal McRae said in a Feb. 7 letter that he would cease practising at his Summerside office, potentially leaving thousands of people without a family doctor by the end of April.

P.E.I. lost more family doctors than it gained in 2022, with 11 resigning or retiring and only nine new ones signing up for a full-time position, according to the province. When you include specialists, though, the Island saw a net gain of 10 physicians last year.

But the trend may be more alarming than those numbers suggest, as experts say individual family physicians are seeing fewer patients these days.

So how does the provincial government go about hiring and retaining enough doctors to meet the Island’s demand for health-care services?

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-status-of-health-care-part-2-1.6757664

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