I was cut loose by my primary care doctor a few months ago. My struggle to find a new one made personal a widely shared problem. For many years now, there have not been nearly enough family doctors and nurse practitioners to meet demand. Nor have the models of how they practice delivered the quality and timeliness of primary health care we hoped for.
When Dr. G. (I’ll call him) closed his practice, he moved to Telus Health, a private option that offers patients a LifePlus program for $4,650 a year.
With that tacked on to the medical services plan fees they bill the government, Telus provides premium care to those willing and able to pay, including fast access to your personal primary care physician or nurse practitioner, 30-minute appointments, a soup-to-nuts annual checkup, rapid access to specialists and associated dieticians, kinesiologists, nurses, psychologists and other professionals.
By Mark L Winston, a professor and senior fellow at Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
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