On March 14th, Global BC will be launching BC1, the province’s first all-news channel. Jill Krop will host her talk show AM B.C. weekdays at 9 am.
Here’s a clip of my interview with Jill.
Top 5 Reasons You Need a Family Doctor:
1. Having a regular family doctor improves health outcomes.
(This has been shown in the international research of Dr. Barbara Starfield and the Canadian studies by Marcus Hollander, that show improved patient outcomes, reduced mortality, decreased hospitalizations and reduced health care costs.)
2. Your family doctor takes the long-view: your lifetime – your history, your family history and your potential future.
3. Your family doctor provides holistic care, treating you (not just disease) in the context of your family, work and other important aspects of your life.
4. Your family doctor treats all your health conditions – acute & chronic, including your emotional & relationship concerns.
5. The family doctor who knows you well may be the best physician to help you make personal health choices, sorting through information you’ve read on the internet, advice from friends and the opinions of other physicians.
What To Do Until You Find a Family Doctor (when seeing a doctor for episodic care at a walk-in clinic or in the ER):
1. Know your personal medical history (past illnesses, chronic conditions, family history, operations & allergies).
2. Keep a list of all your medications (prescription and non-prescription, including dosages).
3. For any treatment, investigation or prescription, ask three things:
(a) What is it for?
(b) What are the risks or side effects? (both the common and the serious)
(c) What are the alternatives?
4. Keep a record of all test results.
5. Ask this question, “Given my age and family history, what tests should I be doing?” (e.g. mammograms, pap smears, diabetes screening, prostate exams).