Health system is broken here

Something needs to be done before things get worse

I live in Qualicum Beach and for nearly 15 years and I had a doctor in Chase River.

In later years I didn’t want to drive that far. When the husband/wife doctor team opened a clinic in Qualicum Beach I could walk there but alas, they only lasted a month. She recommended Dr. Lee.

That worked very well, she was terrific and the best office receptionist I’ve met in 20 years. Dr. Lee left the Island August 18.

A friend suggested the new doctor husband and wife team in Qualicum Beach so I called to be told they had a meeting early that day and they would not be taking any of Dr. Lee’s patients — they had to find a Parksville doctor.

The only patients they were accepting were people who had just moved to the Island.

Does the medical pay less for people who want to change doctors?

I am having cataract surgery and Dr. Lee kindly did my pre-op medical before she left, so I told her if I get sick I’ll just go to the walk-in clinic. She looked at me and said you can’t because you don’t have a family doctor. Who knew?

Our medical plan does not work well on Vancouver Island, it’s as damaged as our ferry system.

We need a clean sweep of the top people and get some common sense injected.

Peggy Bodnar


Qualicum Beach