New Brunswick’s health minister is announcing a new system that would give access to primary care to patients who do not have a family doctor or nurse.
Dorothy Shephard said in a statement Monday that the New Brunswick Primary Care Network is one of the initiatives that will be included in her new provincial health plan that will be released on Wednesday.
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More than 40,000 New Brunswick residents are waiting to be assigned to a primary care provider.
Shephard says that beginning in early 2022, patients who are registered with Patient Connect NB will be able to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with a family doctor or nurse practitioner.
Dr. Mark MacMillan, president of the New Brunswick Medical Society, says doctors are encouraged by the minister’s announcement.
He says that doctors from across the province have agreed to participate.
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This Canadian Press report was first published on November 15, 2021.
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