Practice Update

July 17, 2020

 

 

2020-JULY-16

It is with a heavy heart, that I am writing this letter to inform you of my decision to close my medical practice, located in Chestermere at Reflections Medical Clinic, effective as of October 26, 2020. 

 

This is not a decision I have come to lightly. After extensive reflection and discussion with colleagues, family and other professionals involved in running my business, I am left with little choice moving forward.

 

The change in government seen in this province pre-pandemic already weighed heavily on my practice, with multiple proposed financial cuts, followed on closely by the pandemic, and then legislative changes in Bill 21 and 24 that violate freedoms that I came to Canada for.

 

As most of my patients know, I moved from South Africa, at a very volatile time in the country’s history, where my freedom to practice good medicine was untenable. It was a system of private healthcare that saw only the fortunate few able to access care for their babies, elderly and infirmed. I never thought I would be seeing this disparity of income-based healthcare pushed in this country.

 

I was fortunate and proud to be convocated as a Canadian citizen a year ago. I was proud, that part of my charter of freedoms was the freedom to work and live and serve wherever I chose to in Canada. I read a letter today from our honorable health minister, Tyler Shandro, calling for our governing College of Physicians and Surgeons in Alberta to literally deny us these basic charter rights and handcuff us in place.

 

I have been oppressed. I will not be oppressed again.

 

I cannot in good conscience and faith accept the changes the current Alberta government is enforcing. I cannot accept that the patients I care deeply about will be denied healthcare in the future in this province if this trend continues. 

 

Although I wish the very best for my patients, colleagues, and Alberta, I find myself unwilling to participate in condoning the infrastructure of medicine in Alberta right now. 

 

Both COVID and the conflict with our government has brought into focus what my medical practice is costing me and my family, and how I would like to continue living my life.

 

I have moved continents to be here. I was recruited to Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, but willingly came to Canada, the birthplace of Medicare, because I believed in a system of healthcare that serves everyone equally.

 

The sacrifices of homeland, and family, at great personal expense, was worth the autonomy and the system I would serve, the lives I would impact, and the ability to sleep at night, knowing I was making an impact. 

 

The Alberta government would make me out to be a ‘greedy’ doctor, robbing people of their tax dollars. In the last three months, our clinic has gone deep into debt to serve our patients, with closed doors and minimal resources. It has been an honor to be able to help, even virtually, whenever we can. I cannot continue to work in a single-payer system that uses me as a scapegoat.

 

Our clinic supports multiple families – all our staff, our junior doctors, and our own families on our total ‘billings’. Yet, the government would like you to think that the ‘billings’ is the money I take home at the end of the day, and this is just not how a business is run.

 

I will continue to support my patients as they transition over the coming months, and at this stage, I am not sure what my future in this province holds.

 

Please use this link to find a new physician: https://bit.ly/ABdoc

 

I urge the stakeholders to reconsider the future of healthcare in this province and in this country, especially at this critical time in history where the true value of our health system is so glaringly obvious. 

 

As an Albertan, effect change, and have your voice heard: https://bit.ly/my-mla

 

 

Dr N Reddy

 

 

 

 

2020-July-16

 

I am writing this letter to inform you of my decision to close my medical practice, located in Chestermere at Reflections Medical clinic, effective as of October 26, 2020. 

 

This is not a decision I have come to lightly or without a heavy heart. After extensive reflection, and many conversations with valued friends, colleagues, and family and other professionals involved in running my business, I am left with little choice moving forward.

 

The unyielding abuse of physicians and other healthcare workers by our government has exhausted me, and left me disillusioned about the system my hard-work and commitment enables.  Recent government bills (21, 24) have stripped us of our rights and now threaten my freedom to practice medicine and to live where I want. 

 

Although I wish the very best for my patients, co-workers, and the province of Alberta, I find myself unable to participate or condone the system of medicine in Alberta as it stands right now. 

 

Both COVID and the conflict with our government has brought into focus what my medical practice is costing me and my family, and how I would like to continue living my life. 

I have willingly sacrificed my twenties, spending twelve years in university to train for my profession, moving from my home province of Manitoba, and sacrificed time with my own family, returning to work one week after having my last child, not to mention being on call for most of the last thirteen years of my life. 

 

All of this was freely given because I felt I was making a difference; helping others. 

Not because of the “money” as this government continues to assert.

 

The Alberta government would make me out to be a ‘greedy’ doctor, robbing people of their hard earned tax dollars. In the last three months, our clinic has gone deep into debt to serve our patients, with closed doors and minimal resources. It has been an honor to be able to help, even virtually, whenever we can, but I cannot continue to work in a single-payer system that uses me as a scapegoat.

 

Our clinic supports multiple families – all our staff, our junior doctors, and our own families on our total ‘billings’. Yet, the government would like you to think that the ‘billings’ is the money I take home at the end of the day, and this is just not how a business is run.

 

I will continue to support my patients as they transition over the coming months, but at this stage, I am not sure what my future in this province holds.

 

Please use this link to find a new physician: https://bit.ly/ABdoc

I urge the stakeholders to reconsider the future of healthcare in this province and in this country, especially at this critical time in history where the true value of our health system is so glaringly obvious. 

As an Albertan, effect change, and have your voice heard: https://bit.ly/my-mla

 

Dr H Gooden

 

 

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