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.
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
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.
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
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
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
8:41A Crisis in Care: Hear from a fourth-year medical student about why she’s walking away from family medicine
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
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
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.
On the island19:07Crisis in Care Forum Part 2