Private Care

I support BC Family Doctors in their quest to recognize family doctors as specialists in primary care.
I think that part of the solution to the shortage of family doctors in British Columbia is to innovate with the user pay model.
Several of my suggestions were published as letters to the editor.

February 20, 2022
If family practice clinics were run like dental clinics, the shortage of family doctors would be overcome in short order, on a permanent basis.
My letter to the editor of the Times Colonist on this subject can be seen here.
The article by Dr. David May can be seen here.

February 11, 2022
The Times Colonist ran an editorial today headlined as “These factors have brought family doctor system to brink of collapse”. It proposed a 2-year experimental period. This inspired me to describe an advance payment model for family doctors that could be tested during the proposed experimental period.

The Times Colonist editorial can be seen here.   And my “Advance Payments” letter can be seen here.

February 8, 2022
After his treatment for throat cancer, John Horgan sang the praises of our health care system in a Vancouver Sun article headlined as “I got a first-hand lesson in first-class B.C. health care”. He pleads for preservation of the current system and I wrote about broadening the British Columbia system with the innovations happening in Quebec.

The Vancouver Sun “John Horgan” article can be seen here.   And my “Quebec Model” letter can be seen here.

January 20, 2022
I put some of my thoughts into a letter to the editor after the Times Colonist article written by Cindy Harnett “Two doctors’ frustrations a sign of turmoil in health care; 3,000 patients displaced” was published on January 20, 2022.

The Times Colonist “turmoil” article can be seen here.   And my “Allow private care to relieve the shortage” letter is here.