The doctor dilemma

‘By 2015, every Manitoban who wants a family doctor will have access to one’
– NDP 2011 election campaign promise

When the NDP made its bold pledge of a doctor for all, the day of reckoning seemed a long way off. Now, with the Selinger government more than halfway into its mandate, the Free Press decided to examine how well the NDP is doing in delivering this key health care promise — and whether it is, in fact, achievable. Roughly 14 per cent of Manitobans age 12 and older — or about 145,000 residents — lacked a family physician when the pledge was made, Statistics Canada says. Of those, surveys indicate, likely half weren’t looking for one — meaning there were 70,000 to 75,000 Manitobans searching for a doctor at the time. …suite