No easy access to GPs for healthy Montrealers

Healthy Montrealers having a hard time finding a family doctor

It's been five years since the Quebec government created a special system to help people without a family doctor to find a GP.

But the system hasn't been working.

The registration list to sign up for an available family doctor was conceived with the notion to give priority first to seniors, people in a vulnerable state of health or who are hard to place.

La Presse found out that tens of thousands of Montrealers are still waiting to get access to a family doctor since they're in relatively good health and won't be considered.

Dr. Louis Godin, president of the Quebec Federation of General Practioners, told CJAD 800 News that it's not a surprising situation.

"There's still a doctor shortage so we can't say that the arrival of this system would mean that each Quebecker will be able to find a doctor," Godin said.

Godin said the government has to do more to lure more doctors to the province and to make it more attractive to work in a clinical practice.

Nearly 50,000 people in Montreal signed up for the doctor access registration, two-thirds of them belonging to the non-priority category.

On a provincial scale, those on the list who are not considered a priority can wait an average of nearly 285 days to find a doctor.

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  1. marKR posted on 12/20/2013 02:10 PM
    A doctor shortage that was artificially created by previous PQ governments by limiting where you can practice. Let's satisfy the needs of off island population where the majority of PQ support resides and let the montrealers (typically liberal) pay for it.
  2. Anthony posted on 12/20/2013 11:07 PM
    Still waiting for a Family Doctor, Been on the "list" for 2 years or so. Need an English preferably or a Bilingual family doctor in the Sainte-Marthe sur le lac area. There are no CLSCs in the area that has regular walkin doctor available. St-eustache hospital totally sucks if you need any help.
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