Whether it's trying to see a family doctor, understaffing of nurses, or waiting through triage in the ER, there's been a lot of talk about lack of access to health professionals in B.C. in recent months.
But how are North Shore residents faring through the shortage?
North Shore News polled 1,205 readers and asked the question: Have you been impacted by staffing shortages in health care?
The poll ran from Aug. 26 to Sept. 12 on our website. Of the 1,205 votes, we can determine that 444 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:
In August, Health Minister Adrian Dix announced $118 million in funding for the province's 3,480 family doctors to help them stay afloat while the province works on a new compensation scheme for doctors in family practice.
Results are based on an online study of adult North Shore News readers who are located in North Vancouver and West Vancouver. The margin of error – which measures sample variability – is +/- 2.81%, 19 times out of 20. North Shore News uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.