N.B. releases report on improving access to primary, acute care

New Brunswick has released a report on improving access to primary and acute care in the province.

It's one of seven priority areas the province is focusing on as it works to develop a document called the New Brunswick Family Plan.

Released Thursday, the eight-page report highlights three priority initiatives, such as:

  • working with the New Brunswick Medical Society to implement a new approach to family medicine;
  • developing a model of integrated and co-ordinated health-care services for more consistent and appropriate care, and;
  • continuing work on collaborative action allowing people to receive the proper level of care in the most appropriate setting, ideally in their home.

It also outlines actions to achieve better health outcomes in areas like shifting from hospital-based care to preventative interventions, primary health care and access to care in the community, as well as managing chronic disease and providing better access to prescription drugs.

The province says creating a shift from the acute-care setting to improved primary health care services and more appropriate supports in the home or long-term care setting is critical as it prepares to meet the needs of an aging population.

You can view the full report online.