BC medical students hesitant to become family doctors due to concerns about workload, finances

Medical students in British Columbia are rethinking their plans to become family doctors due to concerns about the fee-for-service model and having to run a business on top of caring for patients. CBC reports that BC family doctors are paid about $30 per patient visit, but have to pay overhead costs at a rate of about $60 an hour or more. Medical students are also not trained in business skills, despite family doctors having to run their practices as businesses. CBC reports that these issues have led to a critical shortage of long-term care physicians in the province. Students shared that they have other career options available to them: they can work in hospitals, specialise in palliative care, or find salaried positions in youth or sexual health clinics. CBC News Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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