Is There A Doctor In The House?

August 10, 2020 at Wreck Beach
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I want to begin by stating that Dr. R. Wilson, my family doctor, retired today.

And although I was given lots of written notice of his retirement, I have not been able to get another doctor here in White Rock.

But I am not complaining.

There are many provinces in Canada with the same problem as British Columbia.

Although I have not researched the doctor scarcity issue, I have lived and/or worked in every province and one territory and know that the problem is widespread.

And it is not improving.

Some of my friends opined that it is because most medical school graduates have huge student loans to pay off, so they accept positions in the United States, where they can make a lot more money.  And get paid in US dollars!

How can you blame them?

Ditto for other healthcare workers – such as nurses.

Some of my friends have daughters who were lured to the United States, with large signing bonuses, pre-paid trips back to Canada each year, and they make a lot more money.

But if we provided the funding for these Canadian graduates, shouldn’t they be required to at least do the intern period here in Canada?

And maybe, any grants should become loans and be added to the graduate’s student loan balance?

But Danny, I thought that you once wrote that you do not write about religion or politics?  Aren’t you being a hypocrite?

No, Spanky, you are confusing hypocrisy with common sense.  Now go back to your corner and put on the pointed hat!

Anyway, I have been trying to find a doctor here in White Rock, and I have searched online and by phone.

This city is the seniors’ capital of Canada, and it keeps attracting more retirees from all over the country – despite the high cost of living here.

I only manage to make ends meet by my part-time job as a member of the Chippendales for Seniors Exotic Dancer Troupe.  We perform at retirement homes and private functions.

Our motto is “Have Birthday Suit, Will Travel.”  Catchy, isn’t it?

The pay is not very good, but it is rewarding to be stared at and to hear the giggles coming from the audience.

But on a serious note, if you know a family physician taking on new patients, please give me a call or send me an email.

I cannot offer a monetary reward, but I will consider performing for you if you are a gal between the age of 38 and 98 and are blind, crippled, or crazy!

That is all for today, kiddies!

UPDATE: June 15th – A gal pal sent me a link to an article in the British Columbia Medical Journal, from a retired doctor in Parksville, BC.  He describes the doctor shortage as a crisis, that’s been developing for many years.

Here is the link to the Medical Journal article.

Be sure to contact me if you know any family doctors taking new patients in the White Rock or South Surrey areas.

Dedicated to Dr. R. Wilson, a great doctor, and friend!

I hope my stories are a gift to your head and heart.

Hugs,

Danny

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Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):

Don’t Let the Old Man In – lyrics

Don’t let the old man in
I wanna leave this alone
Can’t leave it up to him
He’s knocking on my door

I knew all of my life
That someday it would end
Get up and go outside
Don’t let the old man in

Many moons I have lived
My body’s weathered and worn
Ask yourself how old would you be
If you didn’t know the day you were born

Try to love on your wife
And stay close to your friends
Toast each sundown with wine
Don’t let the old man in

Many moons I have lived
My body’s weathered and worn
Ask yourself how old would you be
If you didn’t know the day you were born

He rides up on his horse
And you feel that cold bitter wind
Look out your window and smile
Don’t let the old man in

Look out your window and smile
Don’t let the old man in

Songwriters: Toby Keith
Don’t Let the Old Man In lyrics © Tokeco Tunes

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An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).

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