Rural Canadian communities offering cash to lure doctors

Quinte West, a small town in southern Ontario, offers a $100,000 financial incentive to doctors who agree to work there for five years.

A small town in Ontario is one of many rural communities across the country that are now offering cash incentives to doctors in hopes of attracting them to come to practice in the long term.

For example, Newfoundland and Labrador $100,000 “Come Home” Bonus To a doctor who was born in the states, educated and trained, then moved back and set up shop.

Dr. Fraser Mackay, New Brunswick President of the Canadian Rural Medical Association, says that 20% of Canadians live in rural areas, but only 9% of doctors work in rural areas.

McKay said on CTV’s Your Morning on Wednesday that Canada was “fairly far behind in terms of doctors per capita and wait times for procedures” compared to other countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). said to be ranked.

Physicians working in rural areas may experience more pressure and stress than those in urban areas, as there are few physicians in rural Canada.

“It’s a bit like becoming a general practitioner, as there are more closures in smaller hospitals and smaller departments, fewer resources, and an ever-increasing administrative burden,” Mackay said. says.

Physicians working in rural areas often face financial, moral and professional problems when taking leave or attending meetings.

In 2021, the Japanese Society of Family Medicine will: A rural roadmap for action, a document to guide policy makers and health professionals in addressing the shortage of doctors practicing in rural Canada. The Roadmap for Local Action focused on the need to recruit medical students from rural areas and train doctors from rural urban areas.

“Money isn’t really a guiding function when you ask doctors to commit long-term. Physicians need to love the community they’re in, and that’s what keeps them there.”

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