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CanAm screening for new physician in Weymouth

The search for a new family physician is under way in Weymouth.

The Muncipality of Digby hired CanAm Physician Recruitment earlier in December to find a replacement for recently-retired family physician, Dr. Don Westby.

CanAm CEO John Philpott says within the first week of the signed agreement, CanAm was able to source, screen and attract a fully-licensed Canadian candidate who will complete the interview process in Weymouth on January 21, 2016.

Warden Linda Gregory, chair of the Weymouth Doctor Recruitment Committee, says the group has been working for more than two years to ensure there wasn’t a lapse in medical care in Weymouth.

The community was “loud and clear” that action needed to be taken quickly, so the committee decided to enlist CanAm — one of the country’s leading recruitment firms.

H/T NovaNewsNow

New licensing law expected to boost rural care, cut costs

CanAm perspective: CanAm applauds the Governor of Wisconsin for taking such a common-sense approach. We wish the Canadian system would follow suit, and Doug Currie (PEI’s Minister of Health and Wellness) gives us hope … 

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A new law in Wisconsin promises to save time and money as physicians go through the process of becoming licensed in multiple states.

The Physician Licensure Compact eliminates much of the red tape and costs associated with the process, and experts say the new law will expand healthcare in rural areas as well as curb rising costs.

The compact is often called “license portability,” and physicians in states who have not joined the compact must endure a time-consuming process of submitting full applications and paying substantial fees in each state.

Thanks to the new arrangement, a physician can become licensed in what they determine is their “home state,” and use that paperwork to gain credentials in other U.S. states.

H/T Lacrosse Tribune

Newfoundland area facing serious doctor shortage

The Burin Peninsula on Newfoundland’s south coast is facing a serious doctor shortage, and a local physician says the future of the area’s healthcare is “scary.”

Dr. Lyn Power operates her own practice in the area and is also a full-time faculty member with Memorial University’s medical school. She believes municipalities need to do something drastic to attract more family physicians to the area, which has an aging population and an aging physician population.

While there are many local medical students who have expressed an interest in family medicine, Power says the Burin Peninsula doesn’t have a great track record of promoting itself as a desirable place to live and work.

Power says today’s medial students are seeking a work/life balance and enjoy the idea of working in a group practice with more flexible hours, and the Burin Peninsula could offer that to prospective physicians. It’s just a question of how to recruit and retain them.

H/T The Telegram

Nova Scotia walk-in clinics facing physician limits

Doctors working in walk-in clinics are allowed to stay put, but a recent health authority document says if a new physician requests to work in a walk-in clinic they will “most likely be denied.”

Dr. Lynne Harrigan, vice president of medicine for the Nova Scotia Health Authority, says the decision is part of the authority’s transition to collaborative care.

“Care that’s provided in walk-in clinics is not the ideal, so we want to focus our limited resources on team-based care,” Harrigan said. “We know the best care patients can receive is from team-based care with a family doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, dietitian, psychologist, etc.”

Harrigan estimates it will take 5-10 years to move from the current system to the collaborative approach — and that the new model may involve walk-in clinics providing after-hours coverage.

Not everyone is on board with limiting the number of doctors at walk-in clinics. Former health minister Dave Wilson says it’s “irresponsible” because many patients count on walk-in clinics for care.

“There are huge voids in communities across this province that don’t have access to a family physician, and a walk-in clinic really is the only way for many of them, thousands of Nova Scotians, to get the primary care that they need,” Wilson said.

“I think the government needs to revisit that move and hopefully ensure that people have the access to a family physician or primary care personnel before they restrict the ability of people to practice.”

Wilson says he believes the move to limit doctors from working at walk-in clinics will hinder the province’s attempts to recruit and retain physicians.

Health Minister Leo Glavine says walk-in clinics aren’t going anywhere — although they will change — but the goal is to make sure there’s a family doctor available for everyone who wants one.

H/T CBC News