Election 2021: Revitalizing primary care

Election 2021: Revitalizing primary care

Doctors Nova Scotia believes that physicians and other system partners must work together to create solutions for health-care issues. We believe we are Stronger. Together.

Revitalizing primary care is one of three key priorities Doctors Nova Scotia will discuss with 2021 election candidates.


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.

Research has demonstrated reduction in wait times, improved coordination of care, more appropriate referrals, less duplication of services and reduced emergency department visits when access to primary health care is enhanced using team-based approaches.[1]

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.

[1] 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

Other priorities

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:

Resources to support your advocacy

Doctors Nova Scotia believes that physicians and other system partners must work together to create solutions for health-care issues. We believe we are Stronger. Together.
Revitalizing primary care is one of three key priorities Doctors Nova Scotia will discuss with 2021 election candidates.

Contact

Katie Mallam
Director, policy and physician wellness initiatives
902-481-4919
1-800-563-3427 ext. 4919