An ArmchairMayor.ca editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
ACCORDING TO A REPORT from the Canadian Medical Association last month, 15 per cent of British Columbians still don’t have family doctors. If past estimates can be believed, it’s double that in Kamloops.
The report said the general shortage will get worse, not better, because a lot of doctors are approaching retirement age.
I’m seriously beginning to wonder whether the days of the family doctor are numbered. I hear from more and more people who are genuinely excited about the kind of care they’re getting from nurse practitioners.
Until recently, nurse practitioners weren’t on the scene at all and when they did start getting recognized as an alternative to GPs they were regarded as second best. That’s changing.
Mel Rothenburger’s Armchair Mayor editorials appear twice daily Mondays through Thursdays on CFJC- TV. His Armchair Mayor column is published Saturdays on ArmchairMayor.ca and CFJC Today. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.