I am beginning to think I know how the dinosaurs felt, watching the comet hurtle towards Earth…
I am a family doctor, and unless there is major primary care reform in this province, I may be one of a dying breed.
Never, in my 20 years of practice in B.C., have I seen family medicine in crisis as it is now. Trust me, it is not a new issue.
The writing has been on the wall for a long time, but we have been so busy working 70 hours a week, caring for patients, and trying to keep our small businesses afloat that we have stood by and watched government after government allow further erosion of primary care with no meaningful change.
I have watched family medicine residents I have trained choose careers other than community family medicine in increasing numbers, because really, why would they choose to jump ON the sinking ship?
Written by Dr. Jennifer Lush
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