Accessing health care still difficult

Accessing health care still difficult

I have been living here in Terrace since 2002 and have seen many changes with our community.

One of the changes that sticks out the most is our health care. The reason I am bringing this up is I have stepchildren who have health issues, and are finding it very difficult to see their family doctors.

My stepdaughter, who was born with issues that are becoming very critical, and are becoming very painful, tries on numerous occasions to see her family physician for referral to specialists, only to be turned away because the physician is not available.

The on-call physician, as well as the emergency physicians, on numerous occasions tell her, “she needs to see her family physician”.

The stepson who suffers from a post traumatic stress disorder stemming from a home invasion incident also has left him with a knee injury which on a daily basis is very painful.

When pain becomes unbearable, he tries to see his family physician which results with, “sorry, the doctor is not available and we have to cancel your appointment today”.

To add to this situation, the new doctors do not want to take on new patients, mainly because of the overload of patients.

So, what can a person do?

– Geo McKay

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