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Doctors Without Residency

by Tim McSorley

A recent study by the Strategic Council polling firm found that Canadians' primary concern for the healthcare system is the shortage of doctors and other health professionals. The lack of doctors in Canada is a recurring issue, with Canada ranking 23rd out of 30 OECD countries in number of doctors per capita.

At the same time, there are accusations that physicians groups are delaying and dragging their feet when it comes to approving the credentials of foreign trained workers. In "Doctors Without Residency" director Tetchena Bellange delves into the topic by looking at the specific situation facing foreign-trained doctors in Quebec—but which speaks to the problems facing the rest of the country.

"Doctors Without Residency" is the second film in the Work For All series, produced jointly by the National Film Board of Canada and Human Resources and Development Canada. Work For All is a 10-week web campaign looking at issues of racism in the workplace across Canada. The Dominion is partnering with Work For All to bring you these films, and we'll be blogging each new one every Sunday for the next 7 weeks.

April 11, 2010


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