Province touts early success of family doctor incentive

The province says nearly 900 Nova Scotians now have a family doctor due to one of the new incentives recently announced by government and Doctors Nova Scotia.

The Department of Health and Wellness says 177 doctors have taken on 882 patients in the first month of the Patient Attachment Incentive Trust.

In the northern region, the province says 27 family doctors have taken on 102 patients.

Family doctors are eligible for a one-time incentive of $150 per patient for accepting someone from the provincial wait list, or physicians who take on new patients referred from an emergency department or a practice where a doctor is retiring or moving.

Government announced $6.4 million toward the trust in March.