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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

You are welcome to believe whatever you want. I have to tell you however, you are living in a dream world if you think the majority of British Columbians will agree with you.

Today, I'd like to refer you to a news story in Kamloops This Week, entitled "Primary-care teams, rather than ‘doc in a box’ the new health-care reality"


In this story, Health Minister Terry Lake says:

We may never return to the “doc in a box” physician for every resident scenario, Health Minister Terry Lake told Central Interior members of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Wednesday night.

But, he added, that doesn’t mean each resident in Kamloops and across B.C. should not have access to quality patient-focused care

Well I've got news for you Terry ... having access to a family physician IS having "access to quality patient-focused care".

Having a on-going relationship with a family Doctor means we as patients have someone who follows us through various stages of life ... some one who can see immediately when changes occur ... who we can then have confidence in discussing things with, because of a relationship we have built ... and who can offer advice because they KNOW US.

The story, in Kamloops This Week goes on to say:

“We have to design the health-care system for that population, not for the population of the ‘60s,” Lake said.  On that point, the MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson said, the province has been working toward a patient-centred focus and keying in on prevention and health promotion.

A primary care model moving past the 1960s-era health-care model that can be resistant to change involves teams of health-care workers — in person and virtually — patients can see.

Lake said the team could include a doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse and counsellor, all of whom would have the patient’s medical record. Who the patient sees on a given visit would depend on what issue needs addressing.

Why is it Terry, that you speak of a BC Health Care system 'resistant to change' ... denigrating it as something out of date, and perhaps shall we say, old-fashioned?

Do you mean to say then, there is no need then to have a family doctor? 

You are talking out of both sides of your mouth Terry; either family doctors are still the best way to deliver patient centered health-care ... or they are not. 

Finally, you are welcome to believe whatever you want.  I have to tell you however, you are living in a dream world if you think the majority of British Columbians will agree with you.  The people of BC do want to have access to a family GP, so that we have continuity in our personal health care. 

Don't say it can't be done, get to work and figure out how to GET IT DONE!

In Kamloops, I'm Alan Forseth.


  1. Michael BeauclairJune 10, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Due to the Doctor Shortage in Merritt since 2011, I chose to retain my GP: Dr. C.D. Hoffe @ the Lytton Medical Clinic in Lytton and yet I was criticized by friends and allies for keeping my Doctor in Lytton, because Medical Clinic in Merritt was local and yet when it was convenient to use the Medical Clinic in Merrit the "Dr". misdiagnosed my Achilles Tendon Tear and caused me nothing but grief for 5 weeks when I decided to get a 2nd opinion from my Family Doctor who informed me that I needed to see a Specialist immediately in Kamloops -the next day @ Royal Inland I was informed that I needed a operation and that I would be "down" for at 6 months - Alan makes an excellent point about having a on-going relationship with your Family Doctor- I don't want virtual care or have a RN examine me- I want a Doctor that knows me personally and medically- I wish the Liberal would quit mixing Corporatism and Socialism together and calling it patient centered healthcare!


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