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Question about doctors in Quebec

March 20th, 2005, 02:24 PM
My general practitioner left QC a few years ago and I just can't get another one. It is so hard to find a doctor these days in QC unless you go to a walk in clinic and see a different one very day. Does anybody know how to get a GP in Qc?

March 20th, 2005, 02:31 PM
I take it you didn't ask for a refural before he left?

It's just as hard to get one here in ontario at times.

March 20th, 2005, 03:07 PM
I did get a referral but that one was very mean and not too sensitive. Like I said on another thread, I had an eating disorder and as a result of getting better I gained 40lbs. Honestly, I was up to eating 2 meals/day. I asked him if something could be wrong, or if my metabolism is just really slow from being anorexic and he said, "Well obviously your caloric intake is more than your expenditure. You just need to cut back on your eating." NICE. Tell that to a recovering anorexic. I need to find a better one.

March 20th, 2005, 05:29 PM
Hi Prin
I have sent you a pm with the name of my family doc. She is good, dont know if she is taking new patients though.

My mom lives in Ontario (Oshawa) and I know the troubles she had finding a new family doc, but it is worse here.

It has taken 5 months to find out what I have done to my knee (just to get an outdated athrogram and specialist appointment), and now I am on standby for surgery (Aug-Sept at the very earliest). And that is for a simple scope to repair the cartledge. They won't even talk about fixing the torn ACL (ligament). The only way I can get into phsyiotherapy is to go to a private one and pay for it. The specialist might have been exaggerating, but he said 2 years to wait for public therapy. So when my $500 private insurance runs out ........... (Looks like that will be the only thing "running" for a long time to come, if ever).

A friend had a colonoscopy a YEAR ago and is still waiting to have the surgery reversed. He has been eliminating into an exterior bag. The kicker is, that until the surgery is reversed, he cannot go on the waiting list for a kidney transplant (4-5 year wait AFTER the reversing surgery).

No wonder I keep threatening to go to my vet instead.

March 20th, 2005, 06:01 PM
It is soo much easier to get a good vet. I went to an ER in BC and my god! It was so high tech. The doc there even washed his hands before seeing me. I had an xray (broken nose) and another time I went for a severe concussion and I was in and out in about 2 hours each time. Incredible.

March 20th, 2005, 09:17 PM
I am sorry you are having difficulty finding a family phsyician - it seems to be a universal problem. I teach at a med school and about 15 yrs ago, the govt made us cut back on the number of students admitted to the program (this was true across the country). It costs approcimately $40,000 to educate one doctor and that is before residency. (and that is the cost of the school not what the student pays). Now of course we need more. I was at an HR seminar last week where it was pointed out we have pretty much tapped all the physicians we can find in the third world and the problem there is also an ethical one - do we poach doctors from a country that also needs them, depriving the local population?

Anyway, I know that may not not be what you need to hear - I just get frsutrated with the govt on occasion. Keeping the numbers the same might not have been the solution but it would have certainly helped!

Are there any eating disorder clinics in Montreal? (Is that where you are?). Would that help in the interim - before finding a GP? Do I take it you do not like the CLSC program there? <g> Have you looked at the Quebec Physicians' site - there is usually a list of docs accepting new patients. (At least we do that here - I am not sure of they do it there?)

Most of the docs I am close to in Quebec are pediatricians - at Children's or St. Justine. I can ask them if they know of anyone accpeting new patients though. Do you have a specialist in eating disorders at least? (I have a close friend who works in that field. She is a psychiatrist by training but has veered off into a primarily eating disorders' practice).

My former GP (even docs need GPs, lol) actually moved here from Quebec due to the province's early retirement scheme for doctors. He only worked part time though. It makes me wonder why the QC govt spent so much money offering early retirement to docs.

A hospital I am affiliated with (NOT the Children's one!) recently sought to sell its outdated MRI machine after it has just purcahsed a new one. They offered it to a local animal clinic. The clinic already had an excellent MRI machine!! NB I must say has more MRI's per capita than any other province - though buying an MRI also means having the personnel to operate it as well. NS is just catching up - tho Halifax is is good shape.

I should never start on medical subjects - I do it all day, not sure I want to do this in my leisure time, lol

Re: "The doc there even washed his hands before seeing me." I do not know any doctors who do not wash their hands before seeing another patient. I can't imagine a worse thing not to do.

I hope this has been helpful and sorry if I veered off into my own mini rant.

The doc there even washed his hands before seeing me.

March 21st, 2005, 08:24 AM
I found a family physician by using the college of physicians and surgeons of Ontario website. THey list all active physicians in Ontario. You can round down the results and search for only physicians accepting new patients. I did some doctor shopping. Made some general inquiry appointments with a few. I settled with a new graduate. She is super nice.

Here is a link to the quebec site.

I don't speak enough french to navigate the site, but I'm sure you can search for physicians that way, and it should tell you if they are accepting new patients or not.

Golden, it's actually probably worse here (now). THe government just got rid of public funded physio, so there is NONE anywhere, not even in hospitals. You have to pay even if you need it while in hospital (what I was told). We have 2 year waiting lists for MRI's in ontario...

March 21st, 2005, 11:36 AM
We have private physio clinics here too tho if your doctor orders it - says it is necsessary, you can get it at the hospital. Physios at the hospital are not allowed to charge privately. The clinics do very well with the various employer and individual insurance plans, workers compensation, etc.

March 21st, 2005, 09:20 PM
Thanks for all your help. Cyberkitten, I have been in therapy for my eating for about 4 years now and it is getting better, I am just now dealing with the effects of having a very slow metabolism. It's catching up but still not too quick. I haven't had any blood tests done since my recovery.

I have such a hard time with doctors though. I get seasonal asthma and in BC they prescribed me Ventolin and here I can't get a doctor to give me it. It is all I need-- like one puff/week but they always give me Biaxin here. And that is one harsh antibiotic. And I don't need it. Sigh. I just need a good GP that will actually listen for a minute. The last time I really got anything looked at was when I had migraines 4 years ago as a result of a severe concussion and I paid more than $400 for a CT (that was cool-- the tech let me see my brain).

About the hand washing-- in BC they had sinks beside each of the beds so they washed them in front of you. In Qc in the ER, there aren't as many sinks so the doctor pops up out of nowhere and you just hope the hands are washed.

It's sad how we give 80 million to GM so they can just leave and now 250 million to bombardier in hopes that they build their new planes in Quebec. 760 million to fix the Met. The feds give 850 milion to the CBC every year.... Imagine if all this went into health or education? It's really sad.

I am grateful that we do have free healthcare here though, no matter how bad it is.

March 22nd, 2005, 06:43 AM
Not to mention the sponsorship scandal, sigh! But yep, I too am grateful for our health care system. My mom tells me so many horror stories about people she knows in Florida - Americans with no insurance. My parents live in a gated community, middle class subdivision and even there, they met a fellow who broke his arm but let it heal on his own because as a small business ownder, he could not afford health insurance premiums!! Scary!!!

March 31st, 2005, 11:12 PM
I just wanted to update (a little bit sarcastically)-- I finally found a doctor of sorts-- I found out I have a hernia and I have to see a surgeon... Things have a funny way of sorting themselves out... :p