Halton Region helps residents find a doctor

 

Without a doctor or looking to make a switch?

The Halton Region Physician Recruitment Initiative is helping residents find family physicians. 

As of Oct. 7, there are 26 doctors taking on new patients in the Halton region.

According to the latest data from Statistics Canada, 10.2% of Ontario residents don’t have a regular physician, adding to the strain on hospital care.

Of the 4.7 million people without a primary health care provider, the most commonly reported reasons were that they had not tried to find one (29.8%).

Other findings from Stats Canada:

  • Canadians who don't have a health professional they see or talk to regularly were less likely to engage in preventative health measures such as influenza immunization or meeting the Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care (CTFPHC) cancer screening guidelines.
  • In 2017, 35.9% of Canadians aged 12 and older with a regular health care provider reported getting the seasonal flu shot in the past 12 months, compared with 14.7% of those who did not have a regular provider.
  • Among Canadians aged 50 to 74, those who were without a primary health care provider were less likely to adhere to the guidelines for colorectal cancer screening (19.2%) compared to those who did have one (45.6%).
  • Women aged 50 to 74 who were without a provider were less likely to have had a mammogram within the past 3 years (49.1%) compared with those who reported they did have a regular health care provider (80.7%).
  • The proportion of women aged 25 to 69 who received a Pap test in the past 3 years was lower amongst those who reported they did not have a regular health care provider (57.8%) than those who reported they did (76.2%).

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