Canada Nova Scotia's doctor waitlist tops 50,000

14:58  07 june  2018
14:58  07 june  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Nova Scotia ' s waitlist for family doctors has hit more than 50 , 000 , according to the latest data from the Nova Scotia Health Authority. (Shutterstock/funnyangel).

Nova Scotia ' s new high comes even as the province announced that 319 doctors took on 2,893 patients in the first two months of the government's patient incentive program meant to lower the wait list . N.S. family doctor waitlist tops 50 , 000 . Next Up.

a hand holding a blue object: Nova Scotia's waitlist for family doctors has hit more than 50,000, according to the latest data from the Nova Scotia Health Authority.© Shutterstock/funnyangel Nova Scotia's waitlist for family doctors has hit more than 50,000, according to the latest data from the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

Nova Scotia's waitlist for family doctors has hit more than 50,000, according to the latest data from the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

This increase comes after a June 1 announcement from the province that 319 family doctors have taken on a combined 2,893 new patients through the Patient Attachment Incentive Trust.

The $6.4-million program gives doctors a one-time payment of $150 for every new patient they take on.

Ups and down

Statistics show an increase of 4.9 per cent in the number of people waiting for a family practice — 47,669 on May 1 to 50,024 on June 1.

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Dr . Manoj Vohra, a family doctor and president of Doctors Nova Scotia , tells Global News that the numbers are an indication that the demand is insatiable. Top stories, delivered to your inbox. New newsletterheadlines.

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The area with the largest increase is the western zone, which includes the Annapolis Valley, South West Nova and the South Shore, where 14,069 people are waiting.

The eastern zone, including Cape Breton, Antigonish and Guysborough, is the only area with a decrease. There were 2,993 people waiting on May 1, but 2,787 by the end of the month.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority began calling people on the Need a Family Practice Registry in November 2017 — when the waitlist for a family practice was 29,965.

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