Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Hey! Isn't that jumping the queue?

London is raising private funds in an attempt to deal with the doctor shortage:

London business leaders have thrown their collective clout into a program offering financial incentives to lure desperately needed family doctors to the city. The business leaders, all past recipients of London Business Hall of Fame awards, announced the Adopt-A-Doc program yesterday at city hall.

The new effort, offering as much as $20,000 in financial incentives to a family doctor who agrees to practise in London, got a jump-start with a $20,000 corporate donation by David Patchell-Evans, founder of GoodLife Fitness Clubs.

A $20,000 individual donation came from Ellis-Don Construction co-founder Don Smith and wife Joan Smith.

That money, and additional donations the business laureates are confident they'll attract, will go into a fund being set up by the city.

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Adopt-A-Doc was unveiled the same day city hall's community and protective services committee approved spending $100,000 to hire a doctor recruiter for one year. That money will cover salary, advertising and other expenses.

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The goal of Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco's health-care task force is to recruit a net 10 new family doctors to London.

The immediate goal for the business leaders is to raise $200,000 to help lure those first 10 doctors.

"They assure me that is just the beginning, that they'll be out there looking for a lot more," she said. "I have no doubts that they will be successful."

To receive the incentive, doctors recruited under the program will be asked to sign a contract committing to stay in London for a fixed period.
Now, if the city can raise private funds to attract doctors, then how come people cannot pay for health care directly from their own pockets? Do I hear the words forced monopoly?

1 Comment:

Publius said...

"A $20,000 individual donation came from Ellis-Don Construction co-founder Don Smith and wife Joan Smith."

Just on a side note Don Smith has been a big wheel in the southwestern Liberal Party for decades and was a close personal friend of John Robarts, the Conservative Premier in the 1960s who opposed Medicare.