(Granby) Two doctors from the hospital Granby responded to the report published last weekend in La Voix de l'Est. We learned that residents of the areas of Drummondville and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu have access to medical services 365 days a year, they have a family doctor or not, even if in these areas the shortage of GPs seem more glaring than at home. In Granby, a single physician agrees to see patients orphans on weekdays; they must go to the emergency room on weekends, if they are sick.
Dr. Michel Poirier, director of professional services at the CSSS Haute-Yamaska, does not believe that the lack of GPs is less important here than in neighboring cities. He argues that the statistics provided by health agencies that there would be a general practitioner by 1640habitants in Drummondville, one per 1206 in the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in 1017 and one for the Haute-Yamaska not not account for departures occurred during the past year.
According to Poirier, there are fewer specialists in Granby elsewhere and therefore more work in the hospital for general practitioners who spend 45% of their time or even more compared to an average of 35% to 40% in Quebec . It also specifies that groups of family physicians generally accept their walk-in patients of physicians who have left the clinic, which is a big customer.
"We must make a finding. Overall, at the provincial level, there is a shortage of doctors. And there are shortages said choice. We must put the energy where it is more profitable for everyone. The sickest people consume more health care. Five percent of the population mobilized more than 50% of resources. Given these facts, we opted for more continuity rather than accessibility, "says Dr. Poirier.