Statement on New Drug Coverage
We're pleased the government is moving forward with drug coverage for New Brunswickers who are unable to afford the high cost of what doctors call 'orphan drugs.' These drugs are designed for extremely rare diseases and have incredibly high costs.
New Brunswick doctors embrace exercise prescriptions
Doctors around the province are prescribing prescribe physical activity to their patients, an initiative which has seen thousands of prescriptions handed out across the province so far.
Doctors to politicians: increase the independence of New Brunswick’s Medical Officers of Health
The New Brunswick Medical Society sent a letter to all provincial political parties this morning, asking them to support legislative change to ensure Medical Officers of Health have a legislatively defined responsibility to speak to their patients – all New Brunswickers.
Doctors planning to increase prescriptions of 'ancient wonder drug' to New Brunswickers
In advance of the Provincial Wellness Conference this week in Moncton, the President of the New Brunswick Medical Society announced today that dozens of doctors around the province are planning to increase their prescribing of a drug that reduces anxiety and stress, improves mood and healthy sleep habits, and lowers...
Doctors vote in favour of tentative agreement with government
The Minister of Health and President of the New Brunswick Medical Society have announced that the Province of New Brunswick and New Brunswick Medical Society will sign a new fee-for-service agreement, effective April 1, 2014 and extending to March 31, 2016.
Small Strides, Healthy Lives extended between RunNB and the New Brunswick Medical Society
FREDERICTON (RUN NB) – RunNB is partnering again for a second-consecutive year with the New Brunswick Medical Society on an exclusive partnership for the popular Run NB children’s running program.
“Make Menus Matter” visits Magnetic Hill School
MONCTON (NB) – As the winners of the provincial Make Menus Matter campaign, students in Magnetic Hill School enjoyed a healthy lunch and a visit from a doctor and a dietitian today.
Hundreds of thousands of patients to benefit from New Brunswick’s Provincial Electronic Medical Record Program
Hundreds of thousands of New Brunswick patients will soon be covered by electronic medical records under the provincial Electronic Medical Record program.
Fee-for-Service Tentative Agreement
If you are a FFS physician affected by the recent FFS Agreement, a ratification package, including a ballot for voting on the agreement, was sent out by mail April 1, 2014. The envelope is marked TIME SENSITIVE BALLOT to make it easily identifiable.
New Brunswick doctors, Canadian Medical Association launch conversation with Choosing Wisely Canada
New Brunswick’s doctors, together with the Canadian Medical Association and physicians across the country, are starting a conversation for better medicine.
Tentative agreement reached between New Brunswick Medical Society, government
FREDERICTON (GNB) - The Government of New Brunswick has reached a tentative agreement with the New Brunswick Medical Society.
New Provincial Electronic Medical Record connecting doctors and patients across New Brunswick
Physicians across the province are operating and adopting electronic medical records (EMR) for their practice, and the New Brunswick Medical Society is pleased with the response.
Statement on the announcement of the Provincial Perinatal Health Program
We are very pleased to note the launch of the New Brunswick Perinatal Health Program. This program was envisioned some timea go by a number of health professionals and we are very pleased that government and health professionals, working together, are on the road to achieving better care for mothers...
“Make Menus Matter” finds everything from salads to soda in New Brunswick schools
FREDERICTON (NB) – Dr Lynn Hansen and Vanessa MacLellan thanked parents today for their outstanding contributions to a campaign from doctors and dietitians called Make Menus Matter, an initiative borne out of the New Brunswick Medical Society’s ‘Care First’ plan.
New Brunswick's doctors, dietitians calling for school menu check-up
New Brunswick’s doctors and dietitians are asking parents, teachers, and education administrators to take a closer look at what their school cafeterias are serving. As part of the New Brunswick Medical Society’s “Care First” health plan, parents are asked to share their school menus to see how much food is...
Children's running program has record-breaking year
FREDERICTON (NB) – More than 2,600 children participated in "Small Strides, Healthy Lives”, the New Brunswick Medical Society's & RunNB's popular children’s running program during the 2013 road racing season.
New Brunswick Medical Society names new president
The New Brunswick Medical Society announced a new president Saturday, following the conclusion of their Annual General Meeting in Moncton.
Are you walking further than your fridge? Are we hard at work in our province, training the next generation of Alberta’s doctors? And isn’t our health care system really just a sick care system? These are the questions doctors are thinking about right now.
NBMS Statement on Salaried Physician increase
The government's Board of Management has approved a 4-year pay review for the Medical Services Pay Plan. The NBMS received notice on Friday that salaried physicians will receive a 4% increase over four years: two years of zero as planned, and two years of 2% increases.
Don’t spend more health dollars on “Liberation Therapy”: New Brunswick’s doctors
New Brunswick’s doctors have written to the Province, asking them to divert funding from “liberation therapy” to other clinically effective methods of treating multiple sclerosis (MS).
Small Strides, Healthy Lives, a new partnership between RunNB and the New Brunswick Medical Society
FREDERICTON (RUN NB) – RunNB is partnering with the New Brunswick Medical Society on an exclusive partnership package for the popular Run NB children’s running program.
New Brunswick’s doctors applaud the passage of new law on indoor tanning
The President of the New Brunswick Medical Society thanked the Minister of Health and the Chief Medical Officer of Health today as a law banning underage indoor ultraviolet tanning was recently passed in the Legislature.
Statement on court decision
We are surprised by how quickly the judge came to her decision. In less than 24 hours, she came to the conclusion that was evident: the agreement between the Province and Medical Society is binding and must be respected. She also awarded the Medical Society costs.
Let’s care for patients for their whole lives, not for fiscal years
Three years ago, the Alward Government team promised that “doctors would never have to sue them for attention and respect.” Today, Attorney General lawyers will defend the Alward Government’s recent attempts to cut and cap patient services.
Poll: 1 in 10 New Brunswickers agree Alward Government is managing health system well
The President of the New Brunswick Medical Society released a poll today from Corporate Research Associates that reviewed New Brunswickers’ views on the health system.
New Brunswick’s doctors seek more details on “efficiencies” from hospitals
The President of the New Brunswick Medical Society is seeking details from the Alward Government on the recently announced plan to save $236 million in “efficiencies”.
New Brunswick’s doctors recognise new provincial patient registry
The President of the New Brunswick Medical Society recognised the launch of a new provincial patient registry yesterday.
New Brunswick's doctors await Alward Government's response
New Brunswick's doctors are waiting on the Alward Government's response to our letter. We believe most New Brunswickers would expect the Alward Government to speak to us directly, rather than have doctors learn what the government thinks from the headlines.
New Brunswickers deserve better
The doctors of this province are tired of having to read the paper to understand the Alward Government's latest attempt to salvage their reputation on negotiations with doctors. Our patients would be very surprised if we tried to talk to them through headlines.
New Brunswick’s doctors recognise new Bill banning underage tanning
The President of the New Brunswick Medical Society recognised the Chief Medical Officer of Health and Minister of Health on the first reading of a new Bill banning underage tanning.
Statement on Residents' Open Letter
Most of these residents are homegrown New Brunswick doctors. We have doctors who want to stay, we have tens of thousands of New Brunswickers who need them, the only problem is the bureaucratic government limits on the numbers of doctors who can practice here.
Doctors’ court challenge to be heard on June 12
The President of the New Brunswick Medical Society advised the public today that an application to the court has officially been filed with the Court of Queen’s Bench in Fredericton. It is scheduled to be heard on June 12.
Globe & Mail weighs in on doctors' dispute with Alward Government
"Making a mockery of collective bargaining and refusing to negotiate in good faith is not leadership and it’s not good governance. It’s lazy and it’s a travesty of public policy-making."
Canada’s doctors to Alward Government: “respect agreements negotiated in good faith”
The Presidents of the Canadian Medical Association and every provincial medical association in the country sent a letter to New Brunswick Premier David Alward on Wednesday.
New Brunswick’s doctors seek court ruling
The President of the New Brunswick Medical Society advised the public today that doctors in New Brunswick will challenge the Alward Government’s cut to Medicare in court.
CMA and NBMS welcome statement by federal minister: Time to talk about health care
Ottawa, April 11, 2013 - The presidents of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS) today welcomed comments by Keith Ashfield, the federal fisheries and oceans minister and regional minister for New Brunswick, who is calling for a national discussion on health care.
New Brunswick needs a long-term plan for health
Health care sustainability is one of the top issues across the country. New Brunswick is no different from other provinces in that respect. New Brunswick’s doctors are part of a movement led by the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Nurses Association, launched years ago, calling for transformational change in...
Alward Government axes Medical Student Summer Program
The Alward Government formally advised physicians across the province late last week that they have decided to cancel a program designed to encourage medical students to stay in New Brunswick after they graduate.
Statement on the Provincial Budget
Today's Provincial Budget cut medical services, or Medicare, by $20 million in the coming fiscal year. It is then capped at that level for the next two years. Cabinet approved this cut while still at the negotiating table with doctors.
Attention, south-bound New Brunswickers!
For many New Brunswickers staring out their windows and cringing at weather forecasts, the allure of heading South for a week is very attractive.
An open letter to our patients
Doctors Ask Government to Explain Comments
New Brunswick's doctors formally invited the Alward Government to attend their Board meeting on Saturday, January 26. The Premier and Minister of Health will be asked to explain recent comments made to reporters about physicians.
New Brunswick physicians announce successful EMR vendor
Fredericton, NB (01/17/2013): The New Brunswick Medical Society is pleased to announce the selection of Intrahealth as its provider of electronic medical records under a new program supported by the federal and provincial governments. This selection follows a rigorous procurement process conducted by Velante, a subsidiary of the Medical Society.
Another look at health care costs
In past months, we’ve heard a lot about how much our health care system costs, and the facts are the facts. Health care costs more per capita in New Brunswick than the national average. The government has set a price tag on this discrepancy: over $200 million could be saved...
Statement on Medicare audit process
New Brunswick's doctors were disappointed by the Minister of Health's recent comments concerning the Medicare audit process. The Medicare Fee Schedule is 253 pages long, is very complex, and is often subject to interpretation. We work daily with Medicare to ensure that our 21st-century care is interpreted correctly in this...
Statement from the NBMS on the Auditor General's Report
The Auditor General published her Annual Report today, which focused to a large extent on payments to physicians. We welcome public scrutiny of physician payments, particularly when they are provided in context.
NBMS Statement on RHA By-laws
The New Brunswick Medical Society wrote the leadership of both Regional Health Authorities late last week to advise them that after months of work, we still cannot support their revised by-law documents. We have reached this impasse because of our concerns about required documents which affect physicians, our rights to...
Statement from the New Brunswick Medical Society - PET Scans
We have recently learned that the two positron emission tomography (PET) scanners in New Brunswick are both rationing scans to save money. Saint John is running a waitlist for patients in an attempt to not exceed their 'quota'; Moncton has already reached their limit for the province's fiscal year.
Statement on the action plan for equitable health services
Today, the Minister of Health announced the government's plan to improve access to health care for New Brunswickers. The creation of a number of provincial programs, the integration of several existing but disparate services, and the addition of several others is good news for patients.
NBMS and Canadian Cancer Society call for legislation banning youth from using tanning beds
The New Brunswick Medical Society is joining the Canadian Cancer Society New Brunswick in calling for a provincial ban on indoor tanning for youth.
Dr. Jean Soucie's call for moderation in the language debate
Statement about the release of Dr. Cleary's recommendations concerning the shale gas industry
New Brunswick's doctors welcome the public release of our Chief Medical Officer of Health’s recommendations concerning shale gas development in our province. We hope that this report stimulates government thinking on the regulation of shale gas development and the concerns of New Brunswickers about our water, air, and land.
New Brunswick doctors elect new leader
(09/30/2012)—New Brunswick physicians named a new president on Saturday, confirming the nomination of Dr. Robert Desjardins of Bathurst at their annual general meeting in Saint John, New Brunswick. Dr. Desjardins takes over from out-going president Dr. Robert Rae, an ear nose and throat surgeon from Saint John, who has completed...
Statement from New Brunswick's doctors on the September 26 Cabinet shuffle
New Brunswick's doctors note the Cabinet shuffle of September 26, 2012. We congratulate the Honourable Ted Flemming on his appointment as Minister of Health. We also look forward to working with the Honourable Dorothy Shephard in her new portfolio of Healthy and Inclusive Communities.
NBMS Statement on the dismissal of Dr Jim Parrott from the Progressive Conservative Caucus
On September 20, Dr. Jim Parrott was removed from the government caucus for speaking out about a variety of health issues. We believe his opinions were prompted in part by the release of our submission to the Minister of Health on the next four year health plan.
New Brunswick’s health care system is about to be hit by a perfect storm
Our health care budget has doubled in the last ten years. In the time it takes to read my words, taxpayers will spend $10,000 on health care. And while this is happening, the federal government is committed to a plan that will see health transfers to New Brunswick decrease in...
NB PharmaCheck™ medication review program
The New Brunswick Prescription Drug Program (NBPDP) will begin accepting claims for the NB PharmaCheck™ medication review program beginning June 1, 2012. The program’s goal and objectives are as follows:
Primary Care Renewal Good News for Patients: New Brunswick’s doctors
(Fredericton, NB) - The President of the New Brunswick Medical Society participated in a major announcement today about primary care renewal, calling it good news for patients.
Call For Applications For Diabetes Strategy Innovation Fund
A Comprehensive Diabetes Strategy for New Brunswickers was released in June 2011. The New Brunswick government has created an innovation fund to support healthcare providers to improve care to persons living with diabetes. This fund provides seed money, or start-up money, to initiate practical, quality improvement projects that directly improve...
Whooping Cough in NB
New Brunswick is currently experiencing an outbreak of whooping cough (Pertussis). Those who have not been vaccinated during the last five years and are in close, regular contact with children younger than one are encouraged to contact their usual immunization provider and arrange for the vaccine to be administered.
The New Brunswick Medical Society regarding the New Brunswick Health Plan
On June 13, the Minister of Health announced a series of public consultations around the province to inform the creation of the next provincial health plan.
An open letter from the medical associations of Canada to Premier Dalton McGuinty
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Patients: Make Health Care a Budget Priority
(Fredericton, NB) - New Brunswick patients believe that their doctor is working hard and that recruiting more physicians should take priority over health care cutbacks in the next provincial budget. These are the results of a survey of New Brunswick patients conducted earlier this month by the New Brunswick Medical Society.
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