Dr. Ryan Herriot, Dr. Steven Persaud, Dr. Rannie Tao, and Dr. Stephanie Stacey are Resident Physicians in Family Medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital, UBC Faculty of Medicine
As family physicians in the first stage of our careers, we look forward to practicing medicine in a world that would be unrecognizable to our predecessors: a world where all patients have access to dedicated "primary care homes,” where multidisciplinary care is the norm, and where siloed, fee-for-service practice no longer predominates.
Therefore, we are very happy that Vancouver’s City Council has voted unanimously to support the continued and expanded provision of multidisciplinary primary care at Vancouver’s Community Health Centres (CHCs), which are vital to the future of frontline health care in this province. However, several of these Centres are facing funding cuts under a plan put forward by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). VHC is adamant that their plan is a rational one that will shift resources away from low-needs patients towards high-needs ones. We feel, however, that this a classic example of “robbing Peter to pay Paul.” Many patients will be forced into inferior care models and many “high needs” patients will be forced to travel great distances to a single “super clinic” being created at one CHC, Raven Song. ...continue reading