February 22nd, 2014
Since receiving a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes three years ago at UBC Urgent Care, I have been unable to find a family doctor. They gave me a list of GP's taking new patients, but most of them declined. I found two very unsatisfactory doctors after that and finally realized that only the grossly incompetent seemed to be available. I am ready to pay for my care even though money is extorted from me by the government for my medical care. The care is not available and I have no choice. In California, where I lived for five years, I simply paid for medical attention and chose among many skilled doctors to find a "good fit". I see on your web site that this situation can become life-threatening when long lists form for essential surgeries. It begins back down the road when I am given no choice and must cross the border to America to pay for a competent GP. Call around. You will find that no GP's with any credibility are taking patients and we are forced to see one doctor after another at clinics for ordinary care. This is a dangerous and disgraceful situation that supports government leeches with massive indexed pensions and inflated salaries at the expense of basic health care for the un-unionized public.
Nancy, if you are a BC resident, I am interested in hearing more about your experience as I am the medical reporter for the Vancouver Sun. Please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org