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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 is making a new wait list for patients without family doctors . The province has about 6, 000 on the wait list already. That' s compiled from lists from the nine former health authorities, Harrigan said.

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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But Doctors Nova Scotia estimates, with the help of Statistics Canada, that the number of residents who don't have a family doctor is around 100, 000 , since some Nova Scotians are not actively looking for a doctor .

Top Stories. 1, 000 doctors needed. Nancy MacCready-Williams, CEO of Doctors Nova Scotia , told the legislature's public accounts committee in April that 1,300 of Nova Scotia ' s 2,400 practising physicians are over the age of 50 , and that 630 are over 60.

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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