We believe every New Brunswicker should have access to a family doctor – even after hours. That’s why we’ve developed a new way of delivering family medicine in New Brunswick.
Family Medicine New Brunswick was developed by doctors in consultation with patients and other health-care professionals. The new approach will lead to improved patient access to care and enhanced chronic disease prevention – the most significant cost driver in health care today.
Family Medicine NB is a new, collaborative way of practicing that will:
Family Medicine NB brings the best of what’s working well across the country and around the world to New Brunswick, and tailors it to reflect our unique needs.
The approach is based simply on increased collaboration among family doctors who wish to participate. More teamwork – combined with New Brunswick Medical Society support– will allow doctors more time for patient care.
Key principles of the Program:
The success of Family Medicine NB has the potential to strengthen the entire health-care system.
This Program is voluntary for doctors. If your family doctor is not part of this Program, your level of access and your relationship with your family doctor will not change.
If your doctor has decided to work with this Program, a few things may change.
If your doctor is participating, you will receive a variety of information from your doctor’s office. There is no need to call your doctor’s office and inquire about any changes – if you have a family doctor today, you will not lose your family doctor simply because they have joined this Program.
Your doctor may want to be part of this Program for several different reasons. They want to provide care to you faster, and through different methods – like over the phone, instead of seeing you in person for a visit every time.
Some patients are worried about signing a form which commits them to a specific doctor. While most patients in New Brunswick who have the option want to enrol with their doctor, some do not.
Unfortunately, your doctor cannot offer their full suite of services – like access to other members of their team for after-hours care – to patients who have not enrolled with them.
Talk to your doctor about the benefits to you, and what signing this form means for your relationship.
Family doctors choose to be a part of this Program, and the decision is theirs to make. If you are looking for a family doctor in general, please visit this website.