Roughly 4.1 million Canadians aged 12 or older are without a family doctor, either because they can’t find one or haven’t looked, says Statistics Canada.That means about 15 percent of Canadians lack a regular doctor, up three points since 1996, of which almost 1.7 million couldn't find one:
Of those, 64 per cent used walk-in or appointment clinics, 12 per cent went to a hospital emergency room, while about 10 per cent went to a community health centre when they needed medical care.
source: Statistics Canada
Indeed, in many provinces, the number of "family physicians" has lagged population growth:
source: Canadian Institute for Health Information
On top of its doctor shortage, Canadians still wait weeks--and longer than Americans, Germans and Swedes--for cardiac and other specialist consultations. The silver lining? Healthcare in Canada (and almost any developed country) still is far superior to socialized medicine in Britain.
(via Sigmund, Carl & Alfred, twice, Moonbattery)