Physician, count thyself

Howell, Elizabeth
February 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;2/12/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 4, p381
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the effect of physician shortages on patient wait times in Canada. The shortages of physicians are considered to be the primary obstacle in lengthening wait times. Another factor that contributes to the shortage of physicians is the absence of a central agency in the country to track the number or shortage of specialists, and the lack of report to track the impact of the shortfalls on medical care. The government and the public rely on the physician specialty organizations to forecast manpower requirements with data from national agencies. However, there are definitional and demographic difficulties in determining the number of working specialists and their capacity to resolve wait times.


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