99.8% of Canada's 10 million square kilometres are rural by area. 31.4% of Canada’s population or roughly 9 million people live in predominantly rural regions. Towns under 10,000 account for 22.2% of the population, and yet they are served by only 10.1% of physicians. Canada's larger rural and regional centres 10,000 to 100,000 population constitute 15.9% of the population and have only 11.9% of the physician pool. With sub specialists and high technology of large cities distant, country doctors work in small groups in settings which require a broad spectrum of clinical skills.
We find that the care we can provide for our patients and communities is very rewarding. We enjoy a great variety of practice that often includes obstetrics, surgery, anaesthetics and emergency medicine together with hospital access and care of the acutely ill. Socially we feel a part of our communities and enjoy outdoor living with many recreational opportunities. We would be isolated if it were not for our efforts to improve this often neglected and impoverished sector of the health care system. We are the SRPC.