Seniors’ manifesto

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Your column in the May 20th Journal was excellent, hitting all the right
notes concerning the Harper government’s failure to pay attention to what’s really important.
As a senior who has just lost my doctor, I’m not alone in feeling a bit of panic. Like many others, I’m on the so-called list for a family doctor. But when I called the list

Your column in the May 20th Journal was excellent, hitting all the right
notes concerning the Harper government’s failure to pay attention to what’s really important.
As a senior who has just lost my doctor, I’m not alone in feeling a bit of panic. Like many others, I’m on the so-called list for a family doctor. But when I called the list
co-ordinator, she told me no priority was given to those in most need, except for
cancer patients.
You mean there are cancer patients
in West Quebec without a primary care
physician! That’s outrageous.
She also told me new doctors are allowed to select the region they prefer, and then the patients they want to treat,
according to age and medical condition. What chance does that give an 80-year-old woman who takes six prescriptions daily?
My doctor has retired because he was over-worked and unable to recruit an
assistant. I found him after being on Quebec’s list for four years (after my
previous doctor died) but he was in
private practice, charging from $100-250 per visit.
So why are we paying Quebec for
healthcare we don’t receive?
Barbara Florio Graham
Gatineau