New Brunswick has many health-care challenges and limited resources to effectively resolve these issues. The New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS) believes that the adoption of virtual care and other technologies has the potential to greatly impact our province’s health-care system, improving primary care access, reducing lengthy wait times, and enhancing the work/life balance of physicians.
Virtual care has the potential to improve access to primary health care by connecting physicians and patients remotely — through video conferencing, telephone, text, or email. In New Brunswick, this could be particularly beneficial in rural areas.
The NBMS is now working with the Department of Health to modernize the way physicians can utilize and be remunerated for virtual-care services. In May 2019, we signed a joint statement with our Atlantic Canadian counterparts and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), pledging to work together to pursue the expansion of virtual care across the region. The CMA has appointed a Virtual Care Task Force, in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada, to help develop national strategies.
Together, we are committed to advancing virtual care for the benefit of physicians and patients.