The Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District is continuing to discuss primary care clinic funding for the region (File Photo)

The Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District is continuing to discuss primary care clinic funding for the region (File Photo)

Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District district considers primary care clinic funding

Conversations have addressed need to recruit and retain doctors in South Okanagan and Similkameen

The Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District will maintain its current financial model for primary care clinic funding.

At the hospital district board meeting on Jan. 7, board members discussed primary clinic care funding for the region.

The discussions are part of an ongoing conversation to recruit and keep doctors in the area.

“We need to reach out to the residents and ask them what they want from us,” said Subrina Monteith, one of the hospital district directors.

READ ALSO: Province to bolster number of doctors and medical services in the South Okanagan

READ ALSO: B.C. to launch 22 primary care networks to provide team-based health care

“Recruitment would be difficult even if there was a better supply of doctors,” said director Ron Obirek. “We are suffering tremendous shortages. This is not a new problem.”

The conversations have been ongoing since the 2019 business plan, when the board indicated that access to health care providers in the region was of interest, and that they would like to explore regional district participation in physician recruitment.

The South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice has been part of these conversations and has been involved in physician recruitment. The organization says there are roughly 12,000 residents without access to a general physician, and one-third of the general practitioners in the area are expected to retire in the next five years.

Through the Ministry of Health and health authorities, primary care networks and urgent and primary care centres are being set up throughout the province.

The South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice has said five clinics are needed in the region, in addition to the Ponderosa Primary Care Centre already in place in Penticton.

Erin Trainer, a director on the hospital district board, said other areas of the province are finding ways to make primare care clinics work. “I think we have the opportunity to take some kind of leadership here,” she said.

In order to particiate in funding primary care clinics, funds must go to facilities designated undert he provincial Hospital Act. Representatives from Interior Health have met with the hospital district board to discuss how this has worked in other areas.

An operating model for primary care clinics would need to be discussed in the future.

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Healthcare

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The proposed Skaha Lake Road housing project will be modelled after the Burdock House on Winnipeg St., said BC Housing.
BC Housing panel peppered with questions about Skaha housing project

Virtual meeting involved questions about crime, level of supports, timelines

(Stock photo)
EDITORIAL: COVID-19 restrictions continue to affect us all

Canada has recorded more than 700,000 confirmed cases of pandemic

Amanda Parsons, a registered nurse on staff at the Northwood Care facility, administers a dose of the Moderna vaccine to Ann Hicks, 77, in Halifax on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan-Pool
61 new COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Interior Health

Twenty-nine people are in hospital, seven of whom are in intensive care

Landmark Cinemas Penticton was forced to close down when the provincial government ordered all theatres to close when new COVID-19 restrictions were brought in Nov. 19, 2020. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Despite ‘devastating’ losses the show will eventually go on at Penticton theatre

Landmark Cinemas has been offering movie popcorn since having to close in November

Ace Academy: Flight Experience is a digital interactive exhibition from the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. The exhibition is currently at the Penticton Museum and Archives. (Canada and Aviation Space Museum)
Penticton museum hosts innovative way to simulate authentic flight experience

Ace Academy: Flight Experience is a digital interactive exhibition currently touring across Canada

Charlotte is one of the resident pigs at Star's Piggly Wiggly's Sanctuary near Kelowna. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)
Kelowna-area pig sanctuary needs a new home

Star’s Piggly Wiggly’s Sanctuary is looking for properties in Vernon, Coldstream, and Enderby

Flags line the National Mall towards the Capitol Building as events get underway for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Joe Biden arrives at U.S. Capitol for inauguration

About 25,000 National Guard members have been dispatched to Washington

A memorial for the fatal bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team at the intersection of Highways 35 and 335 near Tisdale, Tuesday, October 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards
‘End of the road:’ Truck driver in Humboldt Broncos crash awaits deportation decision

Sidhu was sentenced almost two years ago to eight years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving

A couple living at the Summerland Waterfront Resort is trying to sell their unit because of strata changes which will require them to pay significantly higher strata fees or have their unit included in the resort’s rental pool (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Couple living at Summerland resort facing increases

Permanent residents of Summerland Waterfront Resort told fees will more than double

Cumberland photographer Sara Kemper recently took the top spot in a Canadian Geographic photography contest. Photo by Sara Kemper
B.C. photographer takes top Canadian Geographic photo prize

Sara Kemper shows what home means to her in Comox Valley photo

(Big White Ski Resort)
28 more cases of COVID-19 linked to Big White cluster

More than 200 cases have been identified since the cluster was announced

Police are seeking further witnesses after an elderly woman who was struck by a vehicle in Salmon Arm succumbed to her injuries. (File Photo)
Salmon Arm pedestrian dies after being hit by truck along Highway 1

Collision took place on Jan. 15 in downtown Salmon Arm, police looking for witnesses

A cow moose wanders around the Silver Star Elementary School neighbourhood Tuesday, Jan. 19. (Contributed)
Moose chases two people near North Okanagan school

Conservation and dog control attending to the situation

The sale of the Kirschner Mountain Development for $22M marks the largest in Realtor history, in the Okanagan. (Contributed)
Kelowna mountain development sold for $22M

The sale of the 640-acre Kirschner Mountain development has made the history books

Most Read