The Assessment Of The Warman Community Primary Healthcare Essay
1106 Words Dec 27th, 2016 5 Pages
Through our focus group discussions, we identified that majority of participants have difficulty finding a primary healthcare physician locally, requiring many of them to travel to Saskatoon. For many Canadians, registering with a family doctor is a crucial step in using the healthcare system. In 2013, 15.5% of Canadians, nearly around 4.6 million people, did not have a regular family doctor,  which could affect their health outcomes. At 19.7%, Saskatchewan had a higher than the national average rate for the proportion of residents without a regular family physician in the same year.  Participants raised their concerns with the availability of long-term practitioners to act as their primary healthcare provider in Warman.
In 2013, Statistics Canada reported that among people without a regular doctor, 58.9% used a walk-in clinic, another 13% visited an emergency room, and 8.7% used a community health centre, when they needed medical care.  Likewise, we found that most study participants use the local clinic for the walk-in consults and/or minor emergencies only.
According to participants, residents are faced not only with a shortage of primary healthcare providers in Warman but with a high turnover rate of staff including physicians. They believe that part of the difficulty in…