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#821 LJ

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Posted 23 June 2022 - 07:16 PM

Time for people to actually pick up the phone or write Horgan and tell him he has lost their vote and this needs to get fixed today. Stop screwing around with Woke Plans for medicine and just damn well pay GP more, more than they can get in the US for that matter. Suck it up and stop with all the social engineering.

Didn't he offer them $295,000 for the first year, signing bonus and loan forgiveness? Is that a bad offer?


Would they still get the per patient visit pay?


Would it be better to pay for all their office expenses and clerical staff?

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#822 Barrrister

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Posted 23 June 2022 - 11:27 PM

In short not a great offer considering that expenses of an office eat  upa large portion. Less thah than they make in Alberta and a lot less than the US.I would be curious to know how many sign onto this offer. 



I thought I read that it was a five year contract not one.  If anyone has the precise details maybe they can post since the devil is in the details.

#823 JohnN

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Posted 24 June 2022 - 06:32 PM

Editorial: Change the rules on referrals to physician specialists


Times Colonist June 23


Patients can only see a specialist if they are referred by their family physician, and the need for additional referrals every six months serves only to render the system needlessly complex, our editorial board writes.


#824 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 02:27 AM

People calling 911 for an ambulance were on hold up to several hours over the weekend, delays reminiscent of last summer and fall, when improvements and new hires were promised by the provincial government, says a dispatcher.


“It got better slowly for a while and this weekend it felt like we’d slipped back to zero,” the dispatcher said Monday. The Times Colonist has agreed not to use the dispatcher’s name or gender because the person fears reprisals for speaking out.


B.C. Emergency Health Services said its ambulances responded to a total of 698 calls on Vancouver Island on the weekend.


There are typically about 1,465 calls each day to 911 for ambulances in B.C., but on Saturday there were 1,637.


“At one point, we had 11 call takers — normal staffing being 20 to 25 on any given day — taking 911 calls for the province and 22 calls were waiting,” said the dispatcher. “Each of them were on the phone and had two more calls waiting for each of them.”


An electronic screen at B.C. Emergency Health Services’ dispatch centre shows the number of calls waiting.




#825 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 04:08 AM

Horgan’s challenge: Fix our health care

I recently lost my wife to cancer. With the rare exception, all of the doctors, nurses and specialists we encountered are kind and compassionate people doing terrific work. The overnight nurse in the emergency department at the Royal Jubilee Hospital is a gem.

The health-care system itself needs a lot of work. Here we have a lovely woman, in pain and extremely exhausted, being shunted from one specialist to the next, and each specialist requires another blood test, MRI, etc.

And each test requires a wait or an appointment, to the point where my wife needs support just to sit in a chair. This isn’t just inefficient, it’s cruel. We don’t treat our pets like this.

So I say to Premier John Horgan, before you step in another steaming cow patty, why don’t you hire some very talented systems analysts who will be completely independent of the health-care system?

Let them have a go at this, and follow their recommendations. If you are looking for a lasting legacy of your time in office, get this fixed.

Bert Vandenberg


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 28 June 2022 - 04:08 AM.

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#826 lanforod

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 09:42 AM

^ that is a very good point. There is a lot of waste of testing; it seems to me it'd be better, more efficient, and ultimately more cost effective to overtest at once in one location than to do a series of tests for various specialists over a long period of time. Then the only testing needed after is to determine effect of treatment.


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Edited by lanforod, 28 June 2022 - 09:43 AM.

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#827 Victoria Watcher

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Posted Yesterday, 05:34 AM

A new two-year contract from the province offering a $25,000 bonus has yet to attract any new family medicine residents — 175 of whom graduated from the University of B.C. last week — to sign on as a family doctor in B.C.


Dr. Ana Boskovic, representing the UBC medical residents, and Dr. Romina Moradi, representing international residents, said in a phone interview that doctors don’t want to sign the contracts only to end up abandoning their patients two years from now if they find out the system in B.C. isn’t sustainable, or the clinic, location or type of contract wasn’t a good fit.




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#828 Barrrister

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Posted Yesterday, 05:40 AM

I suspect that the government is more interested in saying they are taking steps than they are in actually fixing the problem.

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#829 Mike K.

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Posted Yesterday, 06:12 AM

Like some council housing initiatives of late. It’s the process, not the product.
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