Doctors Nova Scotia representatives will meet with candidates to inform them about and influence change on revitalizing primary care:
Primary care leaders and stakeholders in Nova Scotia would generally agree that an effective collaborative practice model is the future of primary care.
Collaborative care is desired by patients and providers alike. Collaborative practices are essential to effective recruitment and retention of family physicians. Continuing to support their adoption, implementation and evaluation is an important component to recruiting early career physicians.
But Nova Scotia needs a clear, shared vision for how we will move toward more effective collaborative primary care, supported by all provider groups and organizations involved in supporting the delivery of primary care services in this province. While all Nova Scotians need and want access to quality and timely primary care, it is clear that health-care providers, Nova Scotia Health, the Department of Health and Wellness and other health partners have not aligned around a vision of what that should look like and how we will get there.
Role clarity is needed not just for the various provider groups involved in primary care, but also for the organizations involved in funding and delivering care. Until provider and system partners are aligned around one vision for primary care, physicians fear that our province will continue to focus on one-off solutions without making progress on our biggest shared priorities: access, patient attachment and better patient outcomes.
Doctors Nova Scotia recommends that a Primary Care Task Force bring together all primary care providers, health system partners and researchers to develop a shared understanding for primary care. The goal of the group could be to work together to: develop the vision, define success, create an implementation plan, implement the plan and evaluate primary care.
 Barriers and Enablers to Implementing Interprofessional Collaborative Family Practice Teams with a Focus on Improving Access to Primary Care – A Review of the Literature, January 2020
Post COVID-19 recovery
Our province must harness the lessons learned from physicians, nurses and other providers to build a better system. Learn more
Physician recruitment and retention
All system partners must work together to ensure our province offers competitive compensation, healthy practice environments and community support. Learn more
What can you do?
Talk with local candidates on these important health-care priorities. The candidates will want to hear directly from physicians as community leaders. Personal contact is the most effective form of communication.
Read the health care platforms for the three main political parties before meeting with candidates: