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article imageQuebec communities find innovative cure for doctor shortages

By Brandigal (Donna)     Jan 14, 2007 in Health
Small towns are finding it hard to keep their doctors, so they found a way to lure them to the communities.
The small town St. Adolphe went door to door and got 600 residents to pledge $50 each reoccurring each year. The money went into a fund that paid for the expenses of a local medical clinic. Normally doctors pay these expenses themselves such as rent, electricity, heat, supplies and office administrators.
If the town pays these expenses it allows the doctors to make more money and see more patients.
This fund is now being called "health co-operatives." The clinic has secured commitments from three doctors to work one day a week each. So if you pay the $50.00, it gives you a share in the clinic and it allows you to see any of the three doctors there. However if you are not a member, they will not turn you away.
They are hoping to increase the members to 1000 and hire a fourth doctor to work 2 days a week.
So far, 13 rural Quebec communities have successfully used the formula to lure doctors.
I think this is a great idea especially for small towns who do not have doctors. Or for the ones that the doctors are not taking on any new patients and people are having to drive hours to see a doctor.
Well done to the community for coming up with this idea.
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