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PostPosted: January 15th, 2007, 8:50 pm 
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It seems that on ATV news tonight, doctors do not like to be publicly rated on the level of service they provide. Recently the web site RateMDs.com has added the ability to rate Canadian doctors. I checked out the site and looked for family doctors, dentists and optometrists that I have dealt with over the years in Charlottetown. They were all there and have reasonable ratings.

What do you think of your doctor's rating?


soon as i f***ing get one...i'll tell you how good he or she is... :lol: ..year and a half and waiting...


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In the site where the doctors are rated they are rated by patients. If you check the ones from PEI most of them are rated very good. A few are average and a few are poor. Some didn't have ratings.

As Kratz said, you can add your doctor and give him a rating and I believe that they have all been rated by patients. I'm wondering what happens if someone rates one as excellent then one comes along and rates him as poor. Maybe he'd just be average then?

I haven't had to use the clinic because I do have a doctor. He's sort of semi-retired I believe as he had a heart attack a couple of years ago. I like him, he listens to me and answers my questions and I'm always afraid that he might retire completely and leave me without one.

I know that people have very long waiting times in out patients but remember that there might be thirty or so people waiting for a doctor to see them and there might be only one doctor on call there, or perhaps two at the most.

Since they may never have seen these people before they may have to take tests, etc., etc. They can't just look at them and decide what's wrong so each patient takes time.

The last time I had John there he had fallen and we thought maybe he had broken a hip. Sent him by ambulance. There were maybe four or so patients in beds in the same room as he was. The doctor may have been the only one on duty that day because he was literally running into the room, talking to a nurse then running out again. There were just so many patients there that day, and probably it's the same every day, that he was having a very hard time trying to see everyone and unless it's a bad cut somewhere that can be looked after right away and not someone just coming in with a pain some place they will no doubt have to take tests, blood work, etc.

As for doctors just wanting to make money they certainly work hard for what they get. Of course I don't know what they get but whatever it is I think they deserve it. Doesn't everyone want a job where they can make a good salary?

Someone was complaining about paying $25.00 every time they went to the clinic or some amount like that and that they must be making a lot with all the patients they were seeing.

Doctors are working long hours and there aren't enough of them to take up the slack. They are trying to help people and yes there seem to be a lot of horror stories out there but so far I haven't had any bad experiences, at least getting the help I needed.

Everyone seems to think that we shouldn't have to pay at the clinics or out patients to see a doctor who might just possibly save our lives but we'll pay someone $60.00 an hour to fix our computer :?

By the way, it's not just PEI having problems getting doctors it's also Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. There are people in those places who have no doctor too and no doubt there's a shortage all across most of Canada. Was reading in some paper a short while ago that they are talking about closing a hospital, I think in Yarmouth, as they don't have enough doctors so as I said, it's not just PEI.


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Well, I've only had one real incident with Island doctors....my knee surgery for ACL reconstruction/replacement. I can't really call Dr. Miller an island doctor, as he's definately not an islander. (Not sure if he's American or not, but I think so , as I've heard he lived in TX before relocating here. His wife is from here though. So regardless he's "from away". lol)

I have to say he and the staff at QEH have treated me like gold. I have no complaints. Sure I had to wait to get the surgery longer than I would've back home, but from start to finish, most of it was handled promply and very professionally.

So I have to give him kudos...because everyone kept telling me I was nuts for having the surgery on island, that I should go home to the U.S. or atleast Halifax to have it done if I want it done properly even.....but I think it went smoothly and wonderfully ...so I think more islanders should have faith in the doctors here on the island.


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My wife and I had Dr. Lecours at the Polyclinic as a Dr. until 1 1/2 years ago. She then suddenly drop us and over a 1,000 other patients and moved onto something else. :twisted: Which sucks. Anyone know of any Charlottetown Dr taking patients, other then the one on Water St who charges too see him?


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i saw her at the water street clinic over the holidays. a very nice lady , really liked her. rumour has it shes at the cancer treatment center.


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I have read all your experiences and I have to say that in my opinion the problem is not with the Doctors on PEI but with our Medical System. Imagine having a job where you have to answer to no one. Here is my experience; I will make it short as possible:
I was operated on at PCH for a removal of an Ovary. I wasn’t feeling a 100 % after this surgery so when I went for my 6 week check up I tried to explain to the Doctor but he told me I was fine as he was walking out the door.
After a few months of feeling tired etc, I went to my family Doctor, who immediately knew I had a problem after taking my blood pressure (by the way, on my six week check up, this was never done). Anyway to make a long story very short, I ended up at the VG in Halifax having a kidney removed because my urethra tube had been damaged during my surgery at PCH.
In the mean time I wrote a complaint to the Collage of Physicians and Surgeons. This was done over two years ago and here is where my story gets even more interesting.
I have found out that the Collage and the PCH had previous complaints about the Doctor in question and never reacted to them. By the way this Doctor is still employed and still butchering women. I guess if you are a Doctor on PEI you cannot be rude to your patients or you will loose your license (Dr. Doug Cameron) but it is ok to seriously maim women.
Let me tell you about my final meeting with the Collage of Physicians – They called me and informed me that a meeting had been set up with what is called the Fitness to Practice Committee and the Doctors Lawyer. I asked if I would need a Lawyer and was told no. I went to the meeting which was late as we were waiting on a Committee member. The Doctors Lawyer came in, and was taken into the room. I set outside listening to the chit chat and laugh. Finally the member came and I was taken in, needless to say I was furious so the meeting wasn’t the best. To make matters worse as I opened the door to leave I came face to face with the Doctor in question, who I was told would not be there. I cried all the way home! (I wonder if they did this on purpose, to upset me and get the upper hand).
A while later I called the Collage and informed them, based on the way I had been treated I felt it best to drop the whole thing - I was told it was too late and they would proceed. Well it now has been 4 months and still no word, the legislation says they have 90 days to respond so I guess they also can break the law and get away with it.
I have many questions unanswered:
1. Why does Island tax Payers have to foot my huge medical bill? Imagine the cost of Cat scans, Kidney function test, weekly doctor visits, a weeks stay at QEH and then a Kidney removal in Halifax
2. Why does PCH still have this man of staff – is the shortage of Doctors so bad that they are willing to risk peoples lives
3. Would everyone in question reacted differently had this happened to a man or better still a doctor or his family. Would this doctor still be employed?
4. Why do Family Doctors still refer patients to this man, if they care about their patients?
5. Why does PEI have a Collage of Physicians and Surgeons – check out other Collages web sites..interesting
6. Where is our Minster of Health- did they not take over the operation of the PEI health system

The one lessoned learned…do not trust your Doctor…investigate on your own…ask lots of questions.
Second we have an election coming up, I really feel it is time for us to take a stand for all Islanders, let’s do the right thing for our children. I think the Government in question has done enough damage. They only time they react to an issue is when it gets to the media. Can you imagine what these people are doing behind closed doors?

One final thing – I had excellent Doctors and the best care through all of this…so I know we have some excellent Doctors on PEI so let’s make sure we do not paint them all with the same brush but deal with the Bad ones.

Thanks for taking the time to listen.


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have you consulted a lawyer?by the sounds of your story , if it had happened here, i'd be talking to one.


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our expereinceswith dr's in the last10 yrs have not left me with a favorable taste in my mouth. one of my biggest beefs with gp's is, they continue to try drug after drug afterdrug. lets face it, if they cant cure you after the second or third attempt, its time to move you along to someone else. they arent god, and theres no shame to admitting that you dont have the answer. there was a dr here in ch'town, who by all accounts had no problem movingh is patients along to specialists when he didnt have the answers. and quite often , he by passed the specialists on pei , in favour of the mainland, that sort of makes you think.


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Soory to say i didn't because I thought the system would deal with this man. It is now to late , I only have two years and it has been longer than that.


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Soory to say i didn't because I thought the system would deal with this man. It is now to late , I only have two years and it has been longer than that.


Are you sure? Who told you you only had 2 years?

Call Legal Aid (368-6043). They used to have a program (and likely still do) where they give you 3 lawyers names related to your issue. You set up an appointment with one - and for $10.00 you get 30 mins to explain your situation and here the legal issues.

(Note - the last time I used this was 4 years ago - I belive it is still in place tho)

Do not accept the College saying you only have 2 years. Get legal advice.

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definatly, and if your time does happen to up, theres always compass. they thrive on that. at least the word on what happened to you would be out, and everyone else would know what butcher you had.. i know that if that happened to my wife, there would be big trouble. charges laid and everything. unfortunatly the charges would be agianst me for killing the sob.


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Thanks for the info...by the way the Collage was not the one who told me I only had two years, I found that info on the web. I am really not interested in suing. It has been a rough couple of years and can't imagine putting myself through that. My biggest concern is that this Doctor doesn't hurt anyone else. I wasn't the first but I was hoping I would be the last, but it is not looking that way.


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contact compass. tell your story.


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in the early morning today he was sent to charlottown to be put on the ventilator as they can not do it in montague.. He was a smoker and drinker all his life and the fact that he has cancer is not a shock but the way they family found out is a shock to us all.. would have to say this is another star on pei's medical track record.. The few doctors we do have are killing us..


Sorry to hear of your trouble, but that is no surprise in Montague. The majority of cancer cases you hear diagnosed in the area is of those are are too far gone for treatment to do any good. Cancer is frequently un-diagnosed or found too late.


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just wondering if anyone saw dr kane's peice on compass last night. he really blasted the pei gov't for the lack of funds, etc. he pointed out that he will see 65 people on a shift at oleary hospital. he alos pointed out that he would make a lot more money in outpatients in ch'town or summerside. i dont remeber the number, but i do recall that the number was significant and no reason for it. a dr should be paid the same in ch'town , as they would be in oleary, montagur or souris.

gillan is on compass tonight, passing the blame for the difference in pay onto "dr kanes bargaining agent" which is the medical society of pei. the whole thing reaks, and no reason for it. pei loses another dr because of this governments screwups.

how many dr's and how much equipment would 31 mill buy polar pat?


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just wondering if anyone saw dr kane's peice on compass last night. he really blasted the pei gov't for the lack of funds, etc. he pointed out that he will see 65 people on a shift at oleary hospital. he alos pointed out that he would make a lot more money in outpatients in ch'town or summerside. i dont remeber the number, but i do recall that the number was significant and no reason for it. a dr should be paid the same in ch'town , as they would be in oleary, montagur or souris.

gillan is on compass tonight, passing the blame for the difference in pay onto "dr kanes bargaining agent" which is the medical society of pei. the whole thing reaks, and no reason for it. pei loses another dr because of this governments screwups.

how many dr's and how much equipment would 31 mill buy polar pat?


I read about it in the paper. It's good to see doctors contacting the media and telling their stories. Attention needs to be brought to this matter STAT!


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Mr. Gillian made an ___ of himself tonight. He never received a copy of the doctors letter (but he was cc’d on it) which he didn't get till Jan 3rd. Today is Jan 19th. He had is deputy Minster have meetings on this issue last week and he then says there will be meetings next week. Come on, I am really tired of this government not reacting to anything until it hits the media and then its lies. For God sake how stupid does this government think Islanders are? IT IS TIME WE STOOD UP AND SAID WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH.

As for my previous entry concerning the Collage of Physicians and the doctor from PCH - I did contact Compass who were not interested, I think they were concerned with the liability on doing this story. I also contact the Guardian but never heard anything back. My only other option (that I am aware of) is to issue a complaint with the RCMP and have the Minister of Health or the Collage charged with breaking the law. Don't really know what I should do...I just know that this has got to stop but I am not sure where to go from here.

One final note...Hooray for the Doctor in O'Leary...great job...see they are not all bad - just a few rotten apples - making the group look bad.

Again I say, if the powers that be would do their jobs then we would not be in this mess. Lets here it for our Conservative Government or as I like to call them, the Legalized Mafia, if you want to break the law just take to the Legislature and have the Law changed. Heh they even tried to changed Federal laws and then sent it to the Supreme court, again at our expense


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Don't really know what I should do...I just know that this has got to stop but I am not sure where to go from here.


Drop the dime. Talk to a lawyer and see what your rights are. You don't want to sue? Fine. You do want to protect another woman from what you went thru?

Drop the dime.

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Yes I certainly want to prevent this from happening to someone else...you maybe right...but knowing everything I do I can't but wonder who really is at fault...where is the problem. I know it is with the Doctor but at the same time people in high powered positions knew this doctor had done serious damge to women, they did nothing and then it happened to me. So who is resonsible...the Doctor, surely if the Collage have had done their job this would not have happened to me. Actually I only told part of my story. The other part was how this Doctor (from another country) could not pass the exam to practice in Pei so six doctors signed a waver so he could practice here. So who do I go after?
It really is a very long story with a long winding road that is very political.


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