Doctors on the Sunshine Coast are now involved in a province-wide program called “A GP For Me“. The Sunshine Coast Division of Family Practice is the latest to start working with the ministry of health on the plan to improve access to primary care. “A GP For Me” has already launched in Nanaimo and Oceanside.
Dr. Jane Bishop is the physician lead on the Sunshine Coast. Bishop says they’re talking to family doctors, medical office assistants and patients to get a sense of what’s happening now. She says they need some hard data on where the gaps are locally when it comes to primary care. But she says they’ll also have to try to look into the future.
Bishop says they’re also sitting down with a steering committee that includes people from the community at large to map out how to take the next steps. Once they have a plan, the Division of Family Practice will be asking for funding for projects specifically aimed at filling the gaps.