Desperately Seeking Doctors
DirectorsSharon Barlett Maria LeRose
ProducersDreamfilm Productions Sharon Barlett Maria LeRose Sue Ridout
- Release Date 2008
- Running Time 42 minutes
- Closed Captions Yes
- Availability Canada, USA
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Canada's universal health care system was the envy of the world. But today five million Canadians don't have a family doctor. As a result, when we get sick we either clog up hospital emergency rooms or go to walk-in clinics that don't know our medial histories and can offer little continuity of care. The situation is already critical, and is about to get much worse - with a huge bulge of baby boom doctors about to retire, and younger doctors not inclined to sacrifice personal lives for their careers. How did we get here? And how do we get back to the level of primary health care that we believe is our right as Canadian citizens? Filmmakers Sharon Bartlett and Maria LeRose set out on a cross country journey, talking to ordinary Canadians, doctors, and health care experts to investigate the present crisis, its causes and possible solutions.
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