Canadian doctors feel overworked: Survey

35 per cent of physicians plan to cut back on their practice
||Last Updated: 01/30/2008

Canadian doctors are feeling overwhelmed and frustrated by their inability to properly serve their patients' health needs, according to a recent survey.

The survey of more than 20,000 doctors and doctors-in-training across the country found 75 per cent of respondents felt inadequate funding of the health-care system, paperwork, bureaucracy and an undersupply of doctors and other health professionals are curtailing the amount and level of care they are able to provide patients.

About one-half of the country's 60,000 doctors are family practitioners, but about four million to five million Canadians don't have a family doctor. Physician groups blame the understaffed health-care system for this shortage.