Because most of them haven't bothered to really look for one. There are more doctors in Canada now than there have ever been.
Huh? Bryan, you sound like Leonid Brezhnev.
According to "your" statistics, there may be more doctors. But according to "official" statistics, Canadians can't find them.
Statistics Canada 2010
In 2010, 4.4 million people, or 15% of the population aged 12 and older, reported that they did not have a regular medical doctor.
Correction: More than one quarter of those aged 20 to 34 (27%) were without a regular medical doctor, a percentage steadily declining as age increases. In comparison, nearly 1 in 5 Canadians aged 35 to 44 (18%) and 5% of seniors 65 years old and over were without a regular medical doctor.
In 2010, as in previous years, men were generally more likely than women to report being without a regular doctor.
Of the 4.4 million Canadians without a regular medical doctor in 2010, more than 8 in 10 (82%) reported that they had a usual place to go when they needed medical care or health advice. A majority (62%) reported using a walk-in clinic, while another 13% visited a hospital emergency room.
Correction: In 2010, as in previous years, just over half of those without a regular medical doctor (53%) had tried unsuccessfully to find one. Among these, 40% said that doctors in their area were not taking new patients, 31% said that their doctor had retired or left the area and 27% said that no doctors were available in their area.
Bryan, how old are you? Do you live in a large city, or in a rural town?
In 1970 (heck, in 1950), how many Canadians were without access to a family doctor - someone that they had known for many years? Was it "more than one quarter of those aged 20 to 34 (27%) without a regular medical doctor, a percentage steadily declining as age increases"?
The Soviet Union also had a statistical service that presented similar arguments in defence of the status quo.
Fortunately, we have glasnost
Glasnost? Consider this random 2011 CBC article.
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And note this phrase in the CBC report:
It's the first time the agency has opened new positions based on geographical need, but Ackaoui said some areas are a hard sell.
Two typical Soviet bureaucratic phrases to explain a shortage: "agency" and "geographical need".
Edited by August1991, 18 March 2012 - 12:34 AM.
"In civilised society he stands at all times in need of the cooperation and assistance of great multitudes, while his whole life is scarce sufficient to gain the friendship of a few persons." Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, Book 1, Chapter 2