How much does it cost you to go off-island for your routine or urgent healthcare needs? There’s definitely a financial cost. There’s also a time cost. And a cost due to the stress it causes you. And if the delay makes your situation worse . . . what is the cost of that? And what are you going to do as you age on the island? Will you have to leave because there is not adequate health care close to home?
With more physicians and healthcare services on Bowen we will be able to save the costs, time, and stress associated with leaving the island. We will be able to take better care of our health and enjoy our Bowen life even more.
We really can no longer afford not to have a health centre on Bowen.
The competition for physicians is fierce. Especially in rural areas. Not many are interested in working in towns of fewer than 50,000 people. They have or want partners with careers of their own. They are often not willing to make the sacrifices to go to a rural community.
Because Bowen is so close to Vancouver, our rural setting and lifestyle can be a real asset to attracting physicians. However, for a doctor starting a practice in a new location, there are numerous financial, legal, and business decisions they must consider.
To expand the health care services available on Bowen, increase our health security, and take care of our children and elderly, we will need to provide a professional and business opportunity that physicians will have difficulty turning down.