Clinics unite

The owners and operators of walk-in health clinics across British Columbia have formed a new association

The owners and operators of walk-in health clinics across British Columbia have formed a new association, Walk-In Clinics of B.C., to represent their collective business interests, as well as the interests of physicians and others who work in and with the clinics.

“This is a time of tremendous change for the province’s health sector,” said Mike McLoughlin, the founding director of the new association.

“This is true for patients, physicians, nurses and other health-care workers, as well as those who have made significant financial investments in approximately 300 walk-in clinics operating in every corner of British Columbia.”

McLoughlin, and his wife, Dr. Sue McLoughlin, a recently-retired family physician who practised for 25 years, have co-owned Medi-Kel Family Practice & Walk In Clinic in Kelowna since 2001.

“We believe that an enhanced role for walk-in clinics is one solution to many of the ongoing challenges facing B.C’s health-care sector, especially in regards to the availability of physicians – or lack thereof – for families and individuals who do not have their own primary-care doctor,” said McLoughlin.

“Our aim is to work collaboratively with other stake-holders in health-care – including the Province of B.C., the Doctors of BC, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and many others –  to make our world-class health system even better for all British Columbians,” he concluded.