Janet Mort confirmed to Global News on Tuesday that a doctor has come forward and agrees to take her husband on as a patient.
She was forced to place an ad in the Victoria Times settler newspaper in an effort to find a doctor for her husband.
“We need a doctor’s help to renew my 82-year-old husband’s prescriptions. We will agree to any reasonable compensation,” the ad reads.
“Our wonderful family doctor retired for Christmas. There don’t seem to be any walk-in clinics available. Today, even Telus Health MyCare hadn’t had virtual appointments with Dr. available,” it continues.
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For privacy reasons, Mort was unable to provide more details.
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Mort is a recipient of the Order of British Columbia with a doctorate in language and literacy and has been commended for helping children overcome reading difficulties.
She told Global News that she had tried everything to find a doctor for her 51-year-old husband before placing the ad in the newspaper.
According to BC Family Doctors, nearly one million British Columbians currently do not have a primary care physician.
Despite Mort not being able to find an appointment with Telus Health, the company says there are arrangements.
“We are working hard to ensure that sufficient doctor’s appointments are available,” the company wrote in a statement to Global News. “To meet this demand, we release new appointments every day. We recommend that people check the app often for these newly released appointment times.”
— with files from Simon Little
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