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I have been a patient of Dr. Dacre for 15 years and have consistently found him to be thoughtful, helpful and wise. Annual checkups and the occasional meeting to deal with temporary problems were all professional, thorough and friendly. I am now 67 and within the last few years he flagged a prostate problem (it comes with age and maleness!), kept abreast of the situation and recommended me to the appropriate specialist when the need arose; an operation last year and now all is good. A site like this, because of the anonyminity afforded posters, encourages those miserable malcontents known as trolls. I unhesitatingly give Dr Dacre and his very professional staff a five star rating.
He was a kind, thoughtful, articulate, intelligent and useful GP before he became self-absorbed with Conservative (capital "C" intended) politics, inappropriately judgmental advice and comments about lifestyle, Mac computers and his personal medical causes: asthma, depression and obesity. In the process, he lost interest and became out of touch with the real world and - sadly - a part of his loyal and tolerant clientele. Over the years, I witnessed his heartbreaking transformation into an abusive megalomaniac who fancied counseling and opining over issues that were not relevant to the consultations. To his detriment he attached his medical practice to another marginal and judgmental control freak - a harsh, rude and despicable doctor with zero personality. Opposed to the elected government regime, the crafty and opportunistic duo have perfected a scheme to bill OHIP and insurance providers for services and medications that, in my opinion, are unsolicited and not required. I am so grateful to have found a new doctor who is engaged to the practice of medicine and his patients!
He loves to prescribe medicine for everything, without any advice or knowledge on natural ways to alleviate a medical issue (e.g. diet, exercise, etc...). He once told me I was wasting his "f**king time" by not buying the experimental meds he prescribed me, which had severe side-effects. I wonder how many free lunches he gets from pharm-reps to push their products through him to his patients.
A lot of these reviews are accurate and I'd like to add he's a bit self-absorbed too. I'm currently looking for a different doctor as Dr. Dacre was recommended by my old family physician when he retired.
If you love getting prescriptions and gulping down pills, regardless of side-effects/warnings; this is your doc.
I'm sure that if you get past his horrible bed side manner, he may be a good family physician, but it is hard to tell. He may also have cared at one point in time...but rude and arrogant seem to be the trend in the majority of comments, particularly over the past year. It's unfortunate for both him and his patients.
I haven't dealt with any of the rudeness spoken of in other comments. However, I am a university student with ADHD and have been prescribed adderall xr for many years. The side effects of this medication (primarily extended wakefulness) have precluded me taking it every day . At each renewal I have asked him to prescribe me a non-extended release medication. Each time, Dr. Dacre has simply used the search function on his mac to check his (obviously incomplete) database and then told me that none exist (obviously false). He has done zero research outside of this search and refuses to do so, perhaps as it would necessitate him writing a prescription by hand rather than sending a print job to the front desk to be stamped with his signature by his secretary. Dacre also monetizes his practice in many ways- he charges $25 for a sick note or to call in a prescription over the phone . I haven't dealt with other charges but I'm sure they exist: his practice is clearly business oriented. I don't study in Toronto and recently required a prescription renewal over the phone- as it was during a very busy period in school for me, I was not only unable to travel to the city but it was critical that I refill my prescription in a timely manner. For undisclosed reasons, Dacre refused to do so in this instance. When I called to inquire as to why, his secretary informed me that he does not speak to patients over the phone. In sum, I would not recommend Dacre to anybody seeking care.
At first I found this doctor rude and not helpful. I had to bring my spouse with me and the doctor smarten up as I have a witness. But his help and lack of knowledge still shows son. Gave up and moved on to another doctor, I would not recommend this one at all. He should not be hold a practice and his staff kept making mistakes.
Dr Dacre was my primary care physician for approximately 5 years. At first I found him to be witty, though always behind schedule, but then he became progressively rushed, rude and careless. The last straw was when his office waited 1.5 years to inform me of an abnormal pap test result, which put me at risk for potential cervical cancer. When I asked why it took so long to inform me, he blew up at me to the point where I broke down and cried in his office. This didn't stop him from continuing to berate me (about my work schedule, which is intense, and it's not often I am able to carve out the over 2 hours it takes to get in to see him with a scheduled appointment). I felt so belittled that I immediately changed family doctors, and now receive exceptional care with a doctor's full attention every time I go in. I realize now that it's not necessarily the medical system's fault if a doctor seems overextended; it's that not all MDs are created equal.
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