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image of Dalhousie University medical students Ryan Densmore of Fall River and Connor Bray of Sydney walk down a hallway at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney in 2019. The two men were part of the medical school's program that allows students to get hands-on training in a rural community for a full year instead of completing short placements in various communities.
July 15, 2021

Family doctor wait list growing in N.S. but virtual, collaborative care models fill some of the void


The growing number of Nova Scotians who do not have a family doctor weren’t prescribed any magic cure at Thursday’s standing committee on health.  But the burgeoning virtual care and collaborative care health models were touted as ways forward to alleviate the province’s doctor pinch.  “One of the opportunities that we have right now is around virtual care,” Dr. Nicole Boutilier, vice-president of medicine with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, told the committee.

A doctor wears a white coat and stethoscope in this file photo. Nova Scotia started allowing doctors to bill for virtual care at the onset of the pandemic
July 6, 2021

Report shows high satisfaction with virtual care, but N.S. not ready to make it permanent

CBC Nova Scotia

Most patients and doctors want to see virtual care made permanent, but its future in Nova Scotia remains in limbo.  Survey data compiled in a recent report to the province shows the vast majority of patients and doctors have been satisfied with virtual care since last March, when it was made billable for all doctors.

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June 16, 2021

Provincial Need a Physician waitlist increases by 20,000

The Star Halifax

For residents of Nova Scotia looking for a primary care provider, the numbers can be staggering and discouraging.  A report released June 1 by the Nova Scotia Health Authority revealed that 66,404 residents of this province are on the Need a Family Practice registry. This includes 5,610 people in Queens and Lunenburg County.

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