A strong primary care system, centered on continuous doctor-patient relationships, leads to the best health outcomes for patients, but many British Columbians are unable to find a family doctor due to physician shortages.
The College of Physicians & Surgeons of British Columbia maintains a directory to allow members of the public to search for doctors. As a part of this tool, you can select “Family Physicians”, and “Accepting new patients” to see which doctors in your area may have space available.
Doctors of BC works with the Ministry of Health and community partners to address these workforce challenges. A GP for Me is one of the joint initiatives. While it won’t help British Columbians find a doctor overnight, it is taking steps to help build capacity in the system so that people will find it easier to get a doctor. Find out about A GP for Me here.
Doctors of BC also provides analysis and recommendations to address physician workforce challenges in policy papers on Health Human Resources. We also welcome the building of collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams and the establishment and deployment of physician assistants (PAs) as one way to address the shortage of health resources.
Physician leaders participating on Doctors of BC committees are continually looking for efficiencies and improvements to allow doctors to streamline processes in their offices, and provide care for as many individuals as possible.