The number of patients waiting for a family doctor in New Brunswick is about 74,000, up from 63,000 in June.
About one in 10 New Brunswickers is currently waiting for a family doctor.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Health attributes this increase in particular to the retirement of doctors and also to the relocation of people to other regions.
This situation is causing a lot of concern for patients, but also for health professionals, including the New Brunswick Medical Society.
An increase deemed disconcerting
Its president, Dr. Mark MacMillan, says he finds the increase in orphan patients disconcerting.
This shortage of family doctors is forcing New Brunswickers to turn to emergency rooms and walk-in clinics, which are already overcrowded.
This problem therefore puts even more pressure on the health system.
There is no miracle solution to solve the problem. The goal is employee recruitment and retention first.
Rethink the model
But according to family physician Ghislain Lavoie, we should also rethink the operating model and instead focus on a model of collaboration and support.
This type of model attracts more young doctors who have just finished their studies, which would precisely contribute to recruitment, in his opinion.
” Your family doctor may have a physiotherapist or a physiotherapist, possibly a psychologist or a social worker. This means that this family doctor can work to his full potential and these other health professionals can precisely assist and treat patients according to their full potential as well. »
According to this doctor, the collaborative model is seen less often in New Brunswick, but it would allow family doctors to be more efficient in their work and to treat more patients.
Based on a report by journalist Mina Collin.