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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/23/2017

A DIFFERENT KIND OF HOUSE CALL

VANCOUVER — A Vancouver doctor surprised many recently when he asked patients to help him ease into retirement — monetarily. Saying he “did not make much money,” Myron MacDonald cited his lack of pension, limited savings and tendency to not charge patients for uninsured services, according to the CBC: “I fully understand that most of you do not have an extra $1,000 lying around but any amount will be of help to me.” One supportive patient cited the doctor’s unconventional career, as MacDonald was a founding member of Greenpeace in the 1970s. “He’d been so good to us over the years,” said Ilze Bebris. “It felt like a way of our expressing our gratitude for the extra mile he’s gone for us over the years.” The College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C., however, spoke with the physician to resolve the situation, saying: “All of his patients can be assured that Dr. MacDonald will make this matter right, and no money will be accepted by him, even if offered.”

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