Doctors offer recommendations to improve care for Nova Scotians

Doctors Nova Scotia have released a series of broad recommendations they say will help fix the province’s ailing health-care system.

The eleven actions and five suggestions are contained in two "position papers" aiming to improve primary care access and physician involvement in health system change.

One recommendation is that the Department of Health and Wellness, Nova Scotia Health Authority, physician recruiters, and Dalhousie Medical School work with Doctors Nova Scotia to develop a recruitment and retention strategy.

The group says one of the greatest barriers for doctors to moving to a collaborative practice is the current physician payment model.

They recommend a blended payment model that supports physicians in spending the time they need with patients who have complex care needs.

Doctors Nova Scotia also recommends that the province support family physicians in implementing same-day or next-day access in their practice.

The physician engagement position paper also outlines commitments for Doctors Nova Scotia to support and encourage members to get involved in system change.