From the desk of the President

  • New Brunswickers cannot afford cuts to health care
    The Higgs’ government will issue its first budget next week. The premier has made it clear that balancing the province’s finances is one of his top priorities. While certainly a worthwhile goal, it concerns the physicians of New Brunswick that Finance Minister Ernie Steeves has said balancing the budget will...

  • Physicians believe hospitals should be serving healthy foods
    The New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS) is pleased to learn that Vitalité Health Network, one of our province’s two regional health authorities, will eliminate many sugar-sweetened beverages from its hospitals, including sugary drinks, energy drinks and those containing sweeteners.

  • Four elected parties, one common vision: improve health care
    While many New Brunswickers are still confused over the outcome of the recent election and are wondering who will end up leading the province, I see an opportunity. No matter who ultimately forms government, we have an unprecedented opportunity for collaboration and finding common ground.

  • NBers must work together to improve the health of our province
    In my line of work, I am not someone you want to meet. And frankly, I don’t want to meet you either.

  • Specialists can bring smarter health care to N.B.
    With the provincial election looming, the New Brunswick Medical Society is advocating a three-prong approach to creating Smarter Health Care for New Brunswickers. Our plan would see government hire more family physicians, reduce wait times in emergency departments by establishing quick care clinics led by family physicians, and fill 66...

  • Smarter health care means reducing Emergency Room wait times
    In my last letter I outlined our prescription for putting physicians where patients need them by filling the current 39 family physician vacancies and adding an additional 50. When New Brunswickers become ill or injured, many can’t access their family physician, because they either don’t have one, or cannot get...

  • Smarter health care means more physicians where patients need them
    As part of the New Brunswick Medical Society’s ongoing campaign to enhance patient care in the 2018 provincial election, physicians have a prescription for smarter health care and a healthier province.

  • Innovation is essential in health care
    Technology has completely changed the way we deliver healthcare. Surgeries that used to take hours now take minutes, and are far less invasive. We can detect issues faster, and more accurately. 3D printing to produce drugs based on our individual DNA may soon change the way our pharmacies dispense our medications.

  • Canada’s Healthcare – Past, Present and Future
    Fifty-five years ago, Saskatchewan NDP leader Tommy Douglas introduced the first government-controlled, universal single-payer medical insurance plan in North America. This was followed by a national initiative a decade later. At the time, many were apprehensive about this major change to the health system, including physicians.

  • Government of New Brunswick Primary Care Integration Initiative Worth Trying
    We are all keenly aware of the precarious state of New Brunswick’s health care system. The province has been struggling for years with a growing demand for health services and often overburdened hospitals. Insufficient nursing home capacity continues to result in many seniors having to spend months in a hospital...

  • President's Presentation to the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance
    The New Brunswick Medical Society President Dr. Dharm Singh's speech to the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance, regarding a study of the proposed changes to the Income Tax act respecting the taxation of private corporations is available here.

  • From the desk of the President – our continuing work on tax reform
    As we examine the latest proposal of the Federal Finance Minister pertaining to tax rules impacting private corporations, it is clear to us that the federal government has acknowledged that the first version of their tax reform proposal was not workable.