If this is the case then is it not in the publics best interest to restrict the admission of females to medical schools? If females are going to leave the health care sector at earlier ages than men then why should we invest so much time and resources on one individual when another would be a much sounder long term investment? The Macleans article goes to point out that the health care crisis is going to get worse because females are making up almost half of the student body at some Canadian medical schools and in some cases constitute the majority. Why should we allow this when it is obviously not in societies best interests? Is it not justifiable to discriminate in this case based on gender because the greater good is served at the expense of a few individuals?
I read a later Macleans magazine, in a doctors office no less, where readers responses to the article were published. In very Canadian fashion these readers opted to reply that there is no problem, that everything is fine, as opposed to realizing that there may very well be a problem with an influx of females into the health care professions. To realize that would compel one to address the problem and work out a solution. Canadians, like ostriches, like to hide their heads in the sand and hope the problem solves itself. We also don't want to think that maybe men and women are different after all (no apologies to feminists and other like thinkers).
But more to the purpose of this blog I want to bring attention to the more likely contributor to Canada's doctor shortage: mass immigration. This has never been discussed anywhere to my knowledge even though it has put the health of many Canadians at jeopardy by increasing wait times for medical procedures and by flooding the waiting rooms of doctor's offices and hospital ERs with new patients. The introduction of masses of people into Canadian society without a proportional increase in health care professionals to care for these people is a major factor - if not main factor - contributing to the doctor shortage in this country. Many Canadians cannot find a family doctor because of mass immigration. Many Canadians have to go to the United States for medical treatment because of mass immigration. And immigrants are given full health care coverage on landing. How is mass immigration bankrupting Canada's health care system?
Some argue that mass retirements of baby boomer doctors is the major reason. If it is then why are we making the situation worse by importing masses of people?
Some say that there wouldn't be a problem if Canada recognized the foreign credentials of immigrants. It is not that simple. The main problem with this is that in order for us to satisfy our needs we will have to poach the developing world of its much needed skilled labour. Another problem is that foreign credentials might not be up to par compared to Canadian standards. This could mean life or death for Canadians via a misdiagnoses or malpractice.
A study of the impact mass immigration has had on Canada's health care system is long over due but I don't think one will ever be done. We need to maintain the myth that mass immigration is beneficial to Canada and Canadians. If it is discovered that mass immigration has jeopardized the health of Canadians and is contributing to its bankruptcy Canadians might demand reform and we couldn't have that. Besides, the Liberal party needs votes and Liberal MPs have the wherewithal to go abroad to get proper medical care if expediency is necessary. The average Canadian on the other hand, well, get in line.
UPDATE: I just read this in the Toronto Star.
Although women have made up nearly 60 per cent of Ontario law school graduates in recent years, a series of law society studies has found they've been twice as likely as men to give up private practice because of difficulties juggling work and child care.
It has nothing to do with immigration but it is related to female professionals. Just food for thought.