You may have heard the news already: The Times Colonist is running an article that “Sooke’s family doctor shortage likely to get worse” due to the fact that Sooke has lost its rural status and related incentives.
That we have a shortage is not news to many. In the TC article, they reference the 800 residents in Sooke who are currently without a doctor. According to Sooke’s Primary Health Care Services Working Group, that’s 26% of us.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. According to the PHCSWG document referenced above, we will have one new doctor starting in June this year, and we’ll have one replacement doctor for the one who is retiring.
What are your thoughts on this? Should we be subsidizing the education of physicians? Should Sooke subsidize incoming doctors or should it provincially subsidized, or federally? Or are there other alternatives we should be considering, like a stronger focus on prevention?
Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below.