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How many folks in Alberta have dropped dead since pharmacists there were allowed to prescribe for minor ailments and refill prescriptions?

Ontario doctors up in arms.

The way I see it the doctors are just protecting their turf. I've travelled to a few countries where it's accepted that for minor ailments you just walk into the druggist for treatment. Contrary to the stand by our OMA, there aren't any dead bodies laying around. The system is efficient and keeps ER numbers down.

I've personally received good pharmacist attention in Mexico for a stomach ailment and for an ear infection in Costa Rica. I was even treated for torn foot ligaments in Costa Rica. My daughter received antibiotic eye drops after getting an infection, likely from the pool.

I think the old boys club in Ontario needs a shake-up.
 

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Well, no one has died that I am aware of, but the whole thing is so mickey mouse it hasn't really made much difference.

While I can't find the current figures, the last story I read mentioned that about 65 pharmacists are licensed to prescribe drugs in Alberta. Given a population of over 3 million, they hardly make a dent.

The cannot prescribe narcotics nor can they prescribe most of my meds like Lipitor, Atenolol and Vasotec.

A friend had an infection in his shin from stumbling into a table corner and although his doctor gave him a 10 day supply of a pill to combat the infection, it persisted and continued to swell. His doctor was away on vacation so he went to a pharmacist who could prescribe after phoning two dozen pharmacies to find her. She told him she could not prescribe the drug required.

He wound up going to emergency where a doctor wrote a prescription for penicillin because he had reached his limit of consumption for the original drug prescribed.

So at the end of the day, if you have a runny nose, a fever, a cough or the like, they can prescribe something to assist you.

Other than that, they are not of much use and no one I know bothers to use them. That and 99% of people I know trust their doctor over their pharmacist every time.
 

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I'm happy that you trust your doctor. Honestly.

I don't have a family doctor. I must go to a walk-in clinic for anything that ails me. The last doctor I saw was a quack. For that privilege I had to sit in the waiting area for 1.5 hours surrounded by sniffling, screaming kids. The doctor who eventually saw me spent all of two minutes to diagnose pink eye. Hope he liked his cheque from OHIP. Whatever they paid him was too much. No wonder our health care costs are over the top.
 

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SINC, you have to remember that we have a serious shortage of family doctors in Toronto--lots of people don't have one, most doctors are not taking new patients, and if you don't like the one you've got, you don't have many options to change.

For myself, it would depend on what a pharmacist was able to prescribe, but I would probably use this kind of a service.

I don't go to the doctor unless it's serious.... and if I'm not sure if it's serious, I call TeleHealth Ontario and check with a nurse there. 2 of out of the 3 times I've called, they gave me some self-care advice and told me to go only if the symptoms didn't fade away in a few days.... and the symptoms disappeared promptly. The 3rd time the advice was to go within 2-3 days since I was experiencing a lot of discomfort but otherwise it wasn't anything requiring urgent care... which is what my doctor said as well.

So far, TeleHealth is batting 1,000 with me. I'm all for altnernative and accessible sources of medical help.
 

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good luck

There's a shortage of doctors and most health care providers in Alberta (duh)
If you don't have a family doctor, or he/she's away on vacation, you'll have to go to a mediclinic and wait a minimum of 90 minutes to 2 hrs. Pharmacists that can write prescriptions? Haven't seen one yet. My local pharmacy has just closed up shop for good, along with my local post office, both of which were across the street, so now I have to go about 3 miles down the road for both of them, which is a pain. psychologists/psychiatrists?* An even longer wait time-maybe 6 months. Specialists? A very very long wait time. Where's the money our Government is spending on health care going? I dunno, but the salaries of those who manage our health care system should give you a clue

JB

* it's true. I was having some mental health problems because I was unemployed, so I went down to the U of A psychiatric clinic. If you were suicidal, maybe you could get some help-I said maybe-then again, if you really were suicidal why would you go down there? -they saw me for about 10 minutes, then told me to come back if my family doctor wasn't available. She wasn't so I did- I waited 4 hours, and they told me "you condition isn't serious enough, go to the CMHA (canadian mental health association) and talk it out-big deal
underfunded, understaffed, and unable to really help anyone. Like putting a bandaid on a broken leg. I should have gone down to a medicentre
 
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