COLLINS – Family medicine is almost a thing of the past


ALMOST ONE MILLION PEOPLE in our province are without a family doctor.

That’s one in five people who don’t have primary care. No one they can reach out to, to look after them.

In the Kamloops area, there are 6000 people on the 8-1-1 government waiting list for a doctor.

We’ve tried to address the problem in a number of ways. We’ve increased the number of spaces in medical schools. But many of those graduates don’t go into family medicine. So it’s only a partial solution.

We’ve opened up Urgent Primary Care Centres, like the one at Royal Inland Hospital, filled with a variety of specialists, kind of like one-stop shopping.


Doug Collins has had a wide background in the broadcast industry, having done virtually every type of news and sports broadcasting, including news anchor, sports play-by-play, and editorialist. His “One Man’s Opinion” aired on TV from 1973- 2013. He retired from his management roles in the station in October, 2018, but continues to write his column.
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1 Comment on COLLINS – Family medicine is almost a thing of the past

  1. Ginny Ratsoy // April 23, 2022 at 6:58 AM // Reply

    Thank you for highlighting this critically important issue. Having been without a GP for over a decade — despite being on a “waitlist” — I agree that we must increase the number of spaces in medical schools, improve income, and do whatever else we can to increase the number of GPs across British Columbia. It is a complex problem, but we can take these important first steps.

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