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Letter: In need of a fix


Dear editor: Two related article’s appearing in The Western Star dated Saturday March 5 — and editorial entitled “Let’s fix this health care issue,” and an article “One of the lucky ones” — need a “read and heed.”

Taking more than 700 tries to establish a phone response in endeavoring to get onto a consideration list for the possibility of realizing one might get to be on a prospective new incoming family doctor’s patient list dramatically drives home the fact: something’s in need of a fix.

I support the idea put forward for reader consumption under the heading “Let’s fix this health issue,” firstly since It’s merited by basic common sense, which would go a long way towards remedying the insulting fact that thousands of people in Corner Brook and thousands more, when you throw in the fact of rural communities, depending on the city as their hub.

The nitty gritty ingredients of the straightforward, simple enough suggested process towards a “fix,” pinpoints the proper people who should be obligated to take the initiative on behalf of those without family doctors in creating an active line-of-progression list, with the aim of ensuring those without acquire patient status via a listing process. Western Health stands out in this case, and sensibly should have the responsibility, no mistake or excuse, should be allowing them off the hook for obviously “turning a blind eye” as the culprit.

My station in life, having depended lots likely on luck, that prevented my meeting the “man above,” with the help of doctors, now finds me with a doctor who, hearsay has it and without confirmation, is about to vacate the scene.

Not only would such a fluke or cruel twist of fate serve to better justify this writeup, but unfortunately leave me and other family members swelling the in-limbo numbers. Unless, as luck could play out, we’re pawned off on an incoming or existing family doctor in a thoughtful or appropriate professional gesture, in the course of what I like to think coming and leaving doctors might be inclined to see fit to manage.

Another good point, alluded to in the editor’s reasoning, is making use of the classification of nurse practitioners by affording them the nod to fill the gap.

In conclusion, I encourage the establishment of such a list by proper authorities, so those actively seeking family doctors to look after their health care needs can have one in their time of need, through reasonable use of modern technology, certainly not up in the realms of rigmarole of hundreds of efforts that is hopefully never prompted by any such thing as a “turn for the worst” that ranks contact an emergency.

Melvyn (Lou) Smith, Christopher’s Cove, Summerside

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