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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Ferreira

Experts say Canada's health-care system isn't ready for an aging population – here's why

2023-12-18 from ctvnews.ca


Sandy Marsh has been nursing a knee injury for six months now, suffering from a torn meniscus and Baker’s cyst. Although the 66-year-old from Okotoks, Alta., says her condition is improving, recovery is a struggle without support from a family doctor. (HANDOUT / CTVNews.ca)

Sandy Marsh has been nursing a knee injury for eight months, suffering from a torn meniscus and Baker’s cyst. Although the 66-year-old from Okotoks, Alta., says her condition is improving, recovery is a struggle without support from a family doctor.


Marsh has not had a primary health-care provider since August, after her family physician left their local health clinic to pursue a new career path.


“There are so many people and so few doctors,” Marsh told CTVNews.ca in a telephone interview.


She is one of a handful of seniors across the country who wrote to CTVNews.ca about their struggles with finding a family doctor. Particularly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, health-care systems throughout the country have been facing staffing shortages caused by an exodus of nurses and other health-care workers who left the profession


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