Pa­tient registry al­most use­less?

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL - Lloyd Kerry, Char­lot­te­town

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.

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