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Don’t have a family doctor in B.C.? Here are your options

From ERs to UPCCs and 811, here’s where else you can get care in B.C. if you don’t have a family doctor.

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Nearly one million people in B.C. don’t have a family doctor — roughly one in five.

Health experts say having a primary care provider is better as they can get to know you and your medical history, monitor changes in your health through the years and provide continuity of care.

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The B.C. College of Family Physicians suggest ways to look for family doctors, including:

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Religious Family Wanted Son Checked Out Against Medical Advice, So His Ex-Wife Burns Their Lives To The Ground » TwistedSifter

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When you hear that someone comes from a religious family, there is a wide range of what that could mean – from going to church twice a week to living in an actual cult.

OP’s friends were sadly raised in the latter kind.

This story isn’t about me but two people I’m friends with. We’ll call one Rae and one Justin. I’m posting this with Justin’s permission, and he’ll probably be reading the thread.

Some background: Rae and Justin grew up in an extremely restrictive, insular religious community that borders on being a cult.

They drifted toward each other due to their shared doubts, and ended up married because of it.

They both read a lot from a young age, even though reading outside of the religion’s material was discouraged, and so both of them grew increasingly skeptical and dissatisfied with their environment due to having this peek into the outside world.

In high school, this shared mindset brought them together, and they started secretly dating. For context, dating was absolutely strictly verboten in this religious community. You went straight from single to married with zero in-between.

So when Justin and Rae’s parents caught them dating, they forced them to get married.

Then they escaped and divorced, but remained friends and even kept living together for a time.

Rae and Justin started living together as husband and wife, but unfortunately for their families, putting those two together doubled their resiliency, and together they cooked up a plan to get out.

They set up a secret bank account at a bank outside the religious community’s influence, since their families had access to their accounts, and everyone who worked at the main bank was also in the same community and gossiped about everyone’s financial transactions.

They started squirreling away money in small

Flagship clinic to take big bite out of wait list for family docs

If Karen Parker’s numbers hold true, the number of Cochranites waiting in line for a family doctor could be cut by nearly 60 per cent in one fell swoop when her new nurse practitioners clinic opens this spring.

If Karen Parker’s numbers hold true, the number of Cochranites waiting in line for a family doctor could be cut by nearly 60 per cent in one fell swoop when her new nurse practitioners clinic opens this spring.

Parker’s will be the first nurse practitioner clinic to open in Alberta under newly relaxed rules that came into effect when the provincial government announced they were going ahead with an idea that has been brewing for a few years.

In an interview with The Eagle this week, Parker said she’s been researching the clinic idea for about four years. She has met with a number of stakeholders in Cochrane, including the Cochrane and Area Health Foundation, physicians, and Innovate Cochrane.

That research indicated about half of Cochrane residents have no family doctor.

An independently owned and operated nurse practitioner (NP) clinic would provide a new option for publicly funded primary care for those who have not been able to find a family doctor.

New patients would visit the clinic, chose an NP to interview, and then be assigned to the roster for that provider. A family nurse practitioner, so to speak.

Anyone choosing to participate in the clinic would not be able to have a family doctor as well as an NP assigned to them.

Parker said the NPs would have the ability to refer patients to specialists they have good working relationships with, just like family doctors currently do.

When fully operational, with 10 nurse practitioners servicing 1,000 patients each, that could mean 10,000 Cochranites who formerly had no family doctor would

Health advice: Take precautions when family member has mono

Mono is classically caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), but very similar symptoms can be caused by other agents, viruses and even a parasite as well. The virus is transmitted through saliva.

Dear Dr. Roach: My daughter was exposed to infectious mononucleosis (“mono”) at college, and she is coming to spend a week at home. What precautions do we need to take to make sure that the rest of the family remains safe? How long does the virus stay active on surfaces?

Also, can she get her flu and COVID shots?


Mono is classically caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), but very similar symptoms can be caused by other agents, viruses and even a parasite as well. The virus is transmitted through saliva.

The latency period (the time from exposure until the time of symptoms) is longer than you might expect; four to six weeks is typical. Not everybody develops symptoms. Younger children seldom develop symptoms at all when infected, yet still receive immunity. Unfortunately, they may shed infectious virus particles for months, years or even decades.

It is likely that the adults in your family are immune, since 90% of adults have had an EBV infection before. EBV is not a particularly infectious disease, so transmission to family members is uncommon. Still, you should avoid sharing anything that saliva touches, like food, cups or toothbrushes. You don’t need to take special precautions about surfaces.

She can get the flu and COVID vaccines as long as she feels well and doesn’t have a fever.

Dear Dr. Roach: I am an aging athlete (60 years old) with a history of minor injuries and wear and tear on my body that has resulted in minor arthritis. Also, I have recurring bouts of tendonitis, IBS and depression, so I avoid foods that

Sask. family says persistence is key while trying to access specialist care

While recent statistics suggest that Saskatchewan is making progress on shortening waitlists for surgeries and diagnostic scans – some residents are still facing serious delays in accessing certain types of specialists.

After undergoing surgery on his thyroid, Darren Schachtel has faced roadblock after roadblock in his attempts to follow up with an endocrinologist – with the waitlists in Regina measured not in months, but in years.

“You’re kind of left just hanging. You really don’t know. They can’t really tell you. You haven’t got any timeline or anything,” he told CTV News while describing his experience.

According to a recent report from Secondstreet.org – a think tank that tracks health care delivery across Canada – Saskatchewan is making progress on some fronts.

“We’ve actually seen a positive story in Saskatchewan,” Secondstreet.org President Colin Craig explained.

As of Dec. 14, 28,361 people are waiting for surgeries in Saskatchewan, while 19,637 residents are in queue to receive diagnostic scans.

The totals mark a -21.2 per cent and a -4.8 per cent decrease since June of 2022.

Part of the improvements, Craig noted, is Saskatchewan’s willingness to adapt in the name of efficiency.

“They’re not afraid of trying different things,” he said. “They’ve decided to send some patients out of province if those patients want to go and get care faster. So that’s a positive thing because for a lot of patients, they just want to put an end to their chronic pain.”

While its good news for those who need surgeries or diagnostic scans – the picture seems to be less bright for those looking to access specialists.

The question of how many people are seeking care from specialists remains a mystery – as Secondstreet’s data contains holes – with specialist

‘Didn’t even put her in the ring’: B.C. family says health care system failed their mom

The family of a Vancouver Island woman is speaking out about their mother’s battle with cancer and the lengthy wait she faced for treatment.

Samia Saikali, 67, started having stomach-related issues in December last year.

Her symptoms continued to escalate and in mid-March, she was diagnosed with stomach cancer.

“My mom was a vivacious, loving, caring mom, friend, sister, aunt who loved life, who travelled,” Danielle Baker, one of Saikali’s daughters told Global News.

“She had retired seven years ago and moved to the island and she was travelling in her retirement. She was all over the world. She was part of the community. She’d just gotten a puppy. She was so part of our lives and our grandchildren’s lives and she was a teacher her whole life. That was my mom.”

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Baker said her mom was part of every step of their lives. She would babysit her grandchildren and take them on fun outings and spoil them.

“I think that was the saddest part for her, is to leave them,” she said.

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Woman claims BC Cancer denying her follow-up care

Saikali met with a surgeon in April who told her that she had stage 4 cancer and was deemed inoperable.

“I mean, we were just in disbelief,” Baker said.

“This was my mom walking her dog, you know, biking on her spin bike at home. She was so active and we couldn’t believe that this was the case. We thought she just had bad acid reflux and to know that actually, no, this is a life-limiting, you know, a terminal illness was just, we were in absolute shock.”

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The surgeon told the family that the only course of treatment was likely palliative care, which could include some chemotherapy and possibly

Opinion: Revamping family doctor training won’t solve health care’s problems

Risa Freeman is a family doctor and vice-chair of education and scholarship in the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. Stuart Murdoch is a family doctor and postgraduate education program director in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Family medicine, the foundation of our health system, is in crisis. Six and a half million Canadians lack access to a family doctor, a situation that is set to worsen as existing physicians retire or leave comprehensive care.

To ensure that everyone has access to a family doctor who provides high-quality care, we need to attract more medical students into family medicine, prepare them to be highly competent, comprehensive and compassionate physicians, and support them to stay in comprehensive family practice.

But a change that will increase the time family doctors spend in training has some people, such as Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston, worried that it will make the doctor shortage worse. And many, including health ministers Canada-wide, have reaffirmed their support for the status quo.

Currently, family medicine residents – those who have completed a medical degree and choose to specialize in family medicine – spend two years training to be family doctors. Earlier this year, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, which establishes the standards for postgraduate family medicine training in Canadian medical schools, set new national requirements. The new rules, which come into place in 2027, will make residencies in family medicine take three years to complete instead of two. The rationale is to better prepare doctors for the breadth and complexity of family medicine.

There are compelling arguments both for and against.

Adding an extra year of training could make family medicine less attractive for some medical school graduates. Our residents tell us that, after as much as a

‘Preserve those special small moments’: Movember men’s health awareness month organiser on his app to capture family memories – and key health information

Nicholas Worley hasn’t shaved for a while. The Hong Kong resident is preparing his moustache for Movember, the annual event that shines a light on men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Cultivating a ’tash is a way to support Movember, a global movement which this year marks its 20th anniversary. Much has happened since its seeds were sown by mates downing beers at a pub in Melbourne, Australia, in 2003.

It has helped fund more than 1,300 men’s health projects globally and was the catalyst for the world’s largest prostate cancer registry network, which now has more than 200,000 men from 23 countries enrolled.

It’s also been a driving force behind the channelling of almost US$350 million into more than 600 biomedical research projects for prostate and testicular cancer.

Worley at a Movember event in Hong Kong in 2012. Photo: courtesy of Nicholas Worley

Since incorporating mental health issues such as suicide in 2006, the movement has united experts, funded bold new approaches and embraced fresh perspectives all built around “getting men talking”.

“Mo bros”, as they are called, and their sisters, are encouraged to take action and get men talking about men’s health. It’s much needed.

Speak up, guys. We’re all hurting during Covid-19 – want to talk about it?

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer among men aged 15 to 39, while more than 1.4 million men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2020, a number expected to increase to 2.3 million globally by 2040.

In Hong Kong, more than 30 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every month. It is the third-most common cancer in men.

Worley has been supporting the Movember movement since 2010. “I organised some of the first gala parties in Hong Kong,” says the

Oasis Family Birthing Center et. al. v. Alabama Department of Public Health

The lawsuit comes after ADPH has created significant uncertainty around the legal status of birth centers that provide midwife-led care by asserting that all such birth centers require a “hospital” license, even though they exclusively provide midwifery care to low-risk patients using a model of care that is safely provided in out-of-hospital settings across the country. At the same time, ADPH has made it impossible for any such birth center to even attempt to obtain such a license, creating a dilemma that is both unlawful and unjustified.

The lawsuit brings several statutory and constitutional claims against ADPH, including:

• ADPH lacks the authority to require birth centers to obtain a hospital license because midwife-led birth centers do not constitute “hospitals” under Alabama law.
• Even if ADPH has licensing authority, it does not have the authority to ban birth centers altogether, and by failing to provide any path to licensure, the Department is imposing a de facto birth center ban throughout Alabama.

ADPH’s unlawful actions are exacerbating an already severe crisis for pregnant Alabamians or those seeking to become pregnant. The state has the third highest maternal mortality rate in the nation, with Black women making up a disproportionate share of maternal deaths. Alabama also has the sixth highest infant mortality rate in the nation, with Black infants making up a disproportionate number of these deaths. One factor playing into this concerning trend is the growing number of maternal health deserts in the state. More than two-thirds — or 43 out of 64 — counties in Alabama have little to no access to maternity care. To address this disparity, midwives and providers are working to open birth centers to provide safe and welcoming environments for low-risk patients to access much-needed prenatal care and birthing services, especially for those who have

Surgery backlogs, staff shortages, no family doctor: New report highlights Canada’s health-care crisis

A new report highlights Canada’s major drop in surgeries during the early years of the pandemic, but those pains were felt unequally across the country’s patchwork provincial health-care systems — with the largest decrease in procedures seen in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The findings were released Wednesday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), an independent organization which compiles and analyzes health system data.

The CIHI team found roughly 743,000 fewer surgeries were performed in Canada during the first 2½ years of the pandemic — a drop of about 13 per cent compared to 2019.

“It takes a long time to catch up when you have to cancel a large number of surgeries,” said Kathleen Morris, CIHI’s vice-president of research and analysis.

Despite the drop in surgeries, overtime hours in Canada’s public hospitals from 2020 to 2021 increased by 15 per cent over the previous year — a “stark example” of the pressure COVID-19 put on health-care workers, the CIHI report noted.

The findings also shone a spotlight on other health-care issues, including staff shortages and burnout, levels of access to personal health information, and the roughly one in 10 Canadians who say they don’t have a regular health-care provider.

The report is part of a sweeping effort to change how the country handles Canadians’ health data. The federal Liberals have offered the provinces and territories billions in new spending over the next decade to address the country’s health-care crisis and, in exchange, the regions must commit to improving how health data is collected and reported.

All provinces and territories have signed on, except Quebec, which did not provide any figures for CIHI’s new report — leaving out health information for a population of roughly 8.8 million.

Surgeries decreased most in Newfoundland

On the surgery front, the new data

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