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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Saugeen Shores Healthcare Report

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

About 400 people are without doctors in the community, but quality of care is rated 'excellent.'

Healthcare in Saugeen Shores continues to be an ongoing program of challenges and successes.

The latest information report to council indicates there are about 400 orphan patients in the community.

Town CAO David Smith rates the healthcare in the municipality as "excellent," being served by many talented and committed physicians.

Smith says as part of the physician recruitment program, they are always looking for improvement and always looking for ways to increase access to doctors.

He says related to doctors, both financially and effort-wise, the contributions have been significant.

The town owns one home and manages two others for new or short term physician use.

On an annual basis Saugeen Shores invests on average $157,000 for physician incentives and recruitment and $144,000 for medical
clinic costs.

Smith says there are still about 400 orphan paitents in Saugeen Shores looking for doctors.

He urges those people to sign up online for Health Care Connect, which will put them in line for when new doctors are come to town or for doctors already here, deciding to increase their patient load.

Smith points out the emergency room is fully staffed and the orphan list is much smaller than it used to be.

He notes Saugeen Shores is considered one of the best places in Canada to live and doctors are no different than anyone else when it comes to looking for a community to live and to work and to bring up a family.

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