Rural Doctors More Likely To Accept New Patients, Study

Rural Doctors More Likely To Accept New Patients, StudyA novel study conducted by the Canadian Institute for Health Information has claimed that it will be easier for Canadians seeking for a family doctor, to find one in rural areas compared to urban ones.

In addition, the study claimed that family physicians belonging to rural areas and small towns in Canada are twice as willing to take new patients compared to urban doctors.

More than 35% of rural doctors involved in the survey were willing to accept new patients, in contrast with a meager 18% of those in urban areas.

In addition, it also outlined that doctors, who have got their training in abroad, are more willing to take new patients than ones educated in Canada.

The study that was released on Thursday was based on the data fetched from the 2007 National Physician Survey and examined factors that might pose their influence on whether doctors practice willingly to accept new patients.

The researchers outlined that age, type of practice, gender and the place from where the degree was undertaken, are the factors that played a role in deciding their willingness to enroll more patients, however, none was found to have a strong association as the factor-location.

The study concluded that these trends are witnessed to be highly common among internationally educated doctors in rural areas, compared to urban ones.