‘The time is now’: Doctors ask Canadians how to reform primary care

From CTV Your Morning on Monday

Believing that “better is possible,” a family doctor and other researchers are asking Canadians to share their experiences with the country’s primary health-care system – and what they want from it – as a way to help guide future reform.

Dr. Tara Kiran, a family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and one of the doctors behind the OurCare research survey, told CTV’s Your Morning on Monday, while the COVID-19 pandemic “shone a light” on some of the cracks that exist in the current system, it also presents an opportunity to try and repair it.

“I do think that better is possible. I think that we can reimagine a future system and that the time is now,” she said.

The survey comes after Kiran and others recently published a study that found more than 170,000 patients in Ontario lost their family doctors in the first six months of the pandemic, equating to nearly three per cent of the province’s practicing family physicians.

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