A crisis of care: CBC series examines shortage of family doctors in Victoria

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Patients in Greater Victoria are increasingly frustrated with the lack of family doctors.

Over the past year, at least three doctors have walked out of urgent and primary care centers and three clinics have closed, leaving hundreds of people without primary care.

According to the BC College of Family Physicians, only 80% of residents of the Capital Regional District have one, compared to 84% of residents in the province, while a report by Canadian technology company Medimap found that walk-in clinics Victoria hotels have the longest wait times in the country, at over 2.5 hours.

CBC Victoria dove into the reasons behind this crisis, its impacts and some possible solutions in a special week-long series, A crisis of care: the shortage of family doctors in Greater Victoriawhich you can find in the segments below.

Why fee-for-service makes it hard to be a family doctor

Radio Canada On the island host Gregor Craigie talks with story producer Jean Paetkau about the challenges of being a family doctor under the fee-for-service system.

On the island11:21Today we launch our series ‘A Crisis in Care – the Shortage of Family Doctors in Greater Victoria’. This morning we will hear why family physicians are abandoning private practice in our community.

Gregor Craigie spoke with CBC feature producer Jean Paetkau about the challenges of being a family doctor under the fee-for-service system. 11:21

What happens when you lose your family doctor?

Camille Currie is one of thousands of people who lost their family doctor when two doctors left the Eagle Creek Clinic in View Royal. This experience inspired her to become an advocate and create the BC Health Care Matters Facebook page and website. She talks to All points west host Robyn Burns.

11:12Crisis of care: consequences for patients of the closure of family medicine practices

Camille Currie is one of thousands of people who lost their family doctor when two doctors left the Eagle Creek Clinic in View Royal. This experience inspired her to become, champion and create the BC Health Care Matters Facebook page and website. She spoke with Robyn Burns. 11:12

The origins of the family doctor crisis

CBC Victoria’s Deborah Wilson looks at the factors that have led to the current shortage of doctors on Vancouver Island and across British Columbia.

On the island12:48As more and more people in Greater Victoria lose access to a family doctor, we’ll see how we got to this point of strained services – and what it would take to get through it.

Gregor Craigie spoke with CBC Victoria’s Deborah Wilson about the origins of the doctor shortage. 12:48

Navigating cancer treatment without a family doctor

Joy Williamson has been looking for a family doctor for eight years. In December 2020, she found a lump in her breast. She believes that not having a family doctor delayed her cancer diagnosis. Hear Williamson’s story and the story of listeners who shared about not having access to a family doctor.

7:00A Crisis in Care: Hear from a patient going through cancer treatment without a family doctor

Joy Williamson has been looking for a family doctor for eight years and in December 2020 she found a breast lump. She believes that not having a family doctor delayed her cancer diagnosis. Hear Joy’s story and other stories listeners have shared about not having access to a family doctor. 7:00

A nurse who can’t find a doctor

Brenda Erven is a nurse and single mother who lives in Victoria. Shortly after losing her family doctor two years ago, she developed a serious health problem. She now has to manage her condition and her prescriptions in walk-in clinics and the emergency room.

9:00 amA crisis in care: hear from a nurse who cannot access health care for herself

Brenda Erven is a nurse and single mother who lives in Victoria. Shortly after losing her family doctor two years ago, she developed a serious health problem. She now has to manage her condition and her prescriptions in walk-in clinics and the emergency room. Hear her story and other stories listeners have submitted about their experience of the family doctor shortage. 9:00 am

Do medical students want to become family doctors?

Sofia Kennedy is a first-year medical student living in Victoria and Caitlin Blewett is a fourth-year medical student in the Cowichan Territory in Duncan. They share their perspective on why new doctors might not want to get into family medicine.

6:32A Crisis in Care: Hear how a first-year medical student sees family medicine

Sofia Kennedy is a first-year medical student in UBC’s Island Medical Program and lives in Victoria. She shared her perspective on what’s wrong with the system in British Columbia for family medicine, as well as other stories from listeners on the impact of the family doctor shortage. 6:32

8:41A Crisis in Care: Hear from a fourth-year medical student about why she’s walking away from family medicine

Caitlin Blewett is a fourth-year medical student in UBC’s Northern Medicine program, currently living in the Cowichan Territory in Duncan. Hear her take on the shortage of family doctors and other stories from listeners about the impact of not being able to access primary care. 8:41

Nurse practitioners: here to help you

CBC’s Kathryn Marlow looks at the role nurse practitioners could play in helping to ease the strain on family doctors — and some of the obstacles that stand in their way.

On the island10:05We continue our look at the shortage of family doctors, CBC’s Kathryn Marlow will be there to tell us what role nurse practitioners can play

Gregor Craigie spoke with CBC’s Kathryn Marlow about the role the nurse practitioner plays in health care in British Columbia. 10:05

Health Minister Adrian Dix responds

British Columbia’s Minister of Health responds to questions raised by listeners in response to the family doctor crisis.

On the island14:27We continue our series on the shortage of family doctors. Listen to BC Health Minister Adrian Dix answer some of your questions

Gregor Craigie spoke with BC Health Minister Adrian Dix. 14:27

Panel: How to Solve the Family Physician Crisis

On the island host Gregor Craigie hosts a one-hour special discussion on the family doctor crisis with George Abbot, BC Minister of Health from 2005 to 2009, Renee Fernandez, CEO of BC Family Doctors, and Adam Olsen , Green Party MP for Saanich North and the Islands.

On the island21:34As part of our A Crisis in Care series, the shortage of family doctors in our community, we hosted an hour-long forum on concerns, questions and possible solutions.

Gregor Craigie was joined by three people to talk about the challenges faced by people using and working in public health care. He was accompanied by: – ​​George Abbott, former British Columbia Minister of Health from 2005 to 2009 – Renee Fernandez, Executive Director of BC Family Doctors – Adam Olsen, Green Party MP for Saanich North and the Islands. PART 1 21:34

On the island19:07Crisis in Care Forum Part 2

The second part of our Crisis in Care forum. 19:07

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