For the vast majority of Canadians a family doctor normally is their first point of contact with the medical system but a significant percentage still rely on hospital emergency departments and walk-in medical clinics.
The reasons why an average 15 per cent of Canadians don’t have their own doctors are complex. Some haven’t been able to latch on to someone’s practice in their community while others, especially the young and healthy, don’t feel they need one.
For instance, Statistics Canada figures show about a third of young men aged 20 to 34 don’t have their own doctors.
StatsCan’s latest health fact sheet shows about one in four Quebecers don’t have family doctors, compared with 7.5 per cent of Ontarians and six per cent of New Brunswickers. The ratio is worst in the territories topped by Nunavut, where 82 per cent of residents have no primary care physician. B.C. is close to the national average.
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