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May 04 2023

AAAE Webinar: If Canada has More Family Doctors than ever Before, Why is it so Hard to Find One?

Across Canada, many people are struggling to find a family doctor or to access care where and when they need it. Policymakers are confronting the fact that after decades of reforms, primary care service volume is falling and inequities are widening. There are more primary care physicians than ever before, but at the same time they are reporting record levels of overwork and exhaustion.

This event will present data describing how primary care patient access and physician practice patterns are changing. We’ll explore factors that may be driving changes and what these might mean for future capacity. We’ll conclude by considering different approaches that can help ensure equitable access to quality primary care in Canada.

Ruth Lavergne Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Dalhousie University Ruth Lavergne

Ruth Lavergne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Dalhousie University and holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Primary Care. Her research uses health system data from across Canada to study the impact of policy changes and inform service planning, with the goal of making sure primary care organization, delivery, and workforce can meet population needs now and in the future. She leads studies that use linked administrative data in collaboration with qualitative researchers, community members, clinicians and policymakers.

Event Details

May 04, 2023 11:30am - 12:30pm AST

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Public Attendee List

  • Jordan Mahar
  • John Morley
  • Peter Weltman
  • Mary Kenny
  • Isabelle Poulin-Coutlee
  • Kenzie MacKinnon