B.C. doctor comes forward after wife takes out ad to find medical help for husband


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2:26B.C. couple forced to seek medical help through newspaper ad

WATCH: It’s an act of desperation from a Victoria couple who’ve found themselves without a family doctor. The pair – who’ve been married for 51 years – have been forced to take out a newspaper ad and offer to pay a doctor to fill their essential prescriptions. Kylie Stanton has their story.

Janet Mort confirmed to Global News Tuesday that a doctor has come forward and agreed to take her husband on as a patient.

She was forced to take out an ad in the Victoria Times Colonist newspaper in an effort to try and find a doctor for her husband.

“We need a doctor’s help to renew my 82-year-old husband’s prescriptions. We will agree to any reasonable fee,” the ad reads.

“Our wonderful family doctor retired at Christmas. No walk-in clinics seem to be available. Today even Telus Health MyCare had no Dr. virtual appointments available for months,” it continues.

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Due to privacy reasons, Mort could not provide any more details.

Mort is an Order of British Columbia recipient who has a PhD in language and literacy and who has been lauded for work helping children overcome reading problems.

She told Global News she tried everything she could think of to find a doctor for her husband of 51 years, before taking out the newspaper ad.

Nearly one million British Columbians are currently without a family physician, according to BC Family Doctors.

— with files from Simon Little

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.


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