Patient registry almost useless?
In today’s paper, David Bulger writes about ways to get around the long waiting time for a family doctor on P.E.I. (“Jumping the line”). He gives a few examples of this and said the new health minister “cited the independence of individual physicians and lack of government control over this independence”.
Perhaps, Mr. Bulger, you should have asked Minister Henderson if he ever looks at Health P.E.I.’s website, where it addresses the wait time question. “Patients are assigned in chronological order, so those on the registry the longest are assigned first. You will be contacted by the Patient Registry when a family doctor or nurse practitioner is accepting new patients in your area.” (healthpei.ca/patientregistry).
The phrase ‘not worth the paper it’s written on’ comes to mind.