Doctors essential to business growth, Chamber says
Sudbury Chamber of Commerce members offer incentives to help woo doctors to city
Posted: Dec 5, 2012 10:24 AM ET
Last Updated: Dec 5, 2012 10:20 AM ET
Sudbury's business community is rolling out the red carpet for some of the newest members of the health community on Wednesday night.
The Sudbury Chamber of Commerce is hosting an after-business event at Science North to welcome 11 of the 27 new doctors and specialists who have set up shop this year.
The Sudbury Chamber of Commerce works with the hospital and the city to get the doctors to come, as it says business doesn't happen where essential services are lacking
“The Chamber feels it is very important to attract these physicians so that we can attract other businesses to the city, because it all ties in,” said Chamber chair Mark Weiman.
“If services aren't here, then businesses will go where services are available.”
About 35 Chamber members offer incentives and perks to woo prospective health care providers. For example, for the first year “an accounting firm [might] offer … discounted services to new physicians who come to the area,” Weiman said.
Regardless of the Chamber's role in doctor recruitment, members don't get to jump to the front of the doctor queue, he added.
The Chamber of Commerce after-business doctor meet-and-greet is open to the public for a fee of $20 dollars, between 5-7 p.m. at Science North.
Weiman said people who are in need of a family doctor should go through the regular channels to do so.
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