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  • Writer's pictureShane Gibson

‘Health care in this province sucks’

Hundreds wait for chance to get doctor in Kingston, Ont.

Shane Gibson, Global News

Posted February 28, 2024 5:02 pm

Updated February 29, 2024 11:56 am

People lined up for hours starting Tuesday night before the clinic opened at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Paul Soucy/Global News

Hundreds of people lined up in the cold and rain outside a Kingston health clinic for hours Wednesday morning, desperate to find a doctor.

It marked the second day this week a line stretched for blocks outside CDK Family Medicine and Walk-In Clinic on Sutherland Drive after the clinic announced it would be accepting new patients.

Prospective patients who filled out a re-registration form online were told to come to the clinic to “roster” starting Monday.

After seeing a line that stretched three blocks Monday afternoon, Dylan Beltrami decided to wait for a better chance at getting in.

The 19-year-old was among the first in line Wednesday morning after getting to the clinic at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday and camping out overnight.

“I’ve had to wait now since September to see someone about medical issues,” said Beltrami, who has been without a doctor since last year.

“Getting a family doctor can speed things up for sure because even the hospital had said without a family doctor I’m looking at two years to get things looked at.”

An ongoing doctor shortage in Kingston has left tens of thousands of people without a primary care provider.


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