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Fast Facts about Practising in NB

Physicians must register with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick.

Before becoming a member of the NBMS, physicians wishing to practice in New Brunswick must register with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick.

The College has the primary responsibility for the licensing of New Brunswick physicians, monitoring physician practices and investigating when a patient files a complaint against a physician.

Physicians must obtain a Medicare Billing Number.

In order to be reimbursed for delivering insured health care services, physicians must be assigned a Medicare Billing Number.

While the Department of Health determines the number of billing numbers available in a fiscal year, New Brunswick’s two regional health authorities are primarily responsible for the assignment of billing numbers to new physicians.

Physicians interested in practicing in New Brunswick should contact the Office of Physician Recruitment and Retention.

Most physicians in New Brunswick are paid on a fee-for-service basis.

While other methods of remuneration are growing (such as salary or alternative funding plans), most New Brunswick physicians are self-employed and derive their revenue from the number of medical services they provide. Office and staff expenses are paid out of the physician’s revenue.

New Brunswick has two regional health authorities.

All community health centres, acute care facilities , and some facilities and clinics providing specialized services are operated by New Brunswick’s two health authorities: Horizon Health Network and Vitalité Health Network. Both health authorities are required to provide health services in both French and English.

The Government of New Brunswick offers a number of incentives to encourage physicians to establish a practice in the region.

New Brunswick offers a number of incentive programs to encourage physicians to establish their practice in the region. Incentives range from bursaries and grants for medical students to business and relocation grants for licensed physicians. Incentives vary depending on the location of practice (urban or rural).

To find out more about physician incentive programs, visit the Office of Physician Recruitment and Retention.