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Make health care an election priority

It’s election time in Nova Scotia, and doctors need your help to make health care a priority.

Health-care issues are often in the news, locally and provincially. Physician recruitment and retention, access to family doctors and emergency department closures are just a few of the issues making headlines in our province.

Doctors want to see the system improved for their patients. They have ideas for ways to help fix some of the issues our health-care system faces.

This provincial election, doctors have identified two key health-care priorities.

Primary care renewal

Primary health care is the foundation of Nova Scotia’s health-care system. It is the first place people go for health care or wellness advice, treatment of a health issue or injury, and diagnosis and management of a health condition. Primary care also keeps people healthy and out of hospitals, emergency rooms and long-term care.

Every Nova Scotian should be able to access a primary health care team that includes a family physician. Unfortunately, this is not the case in our province today.

This primary care renewal position paper prepared by Doctors Nova Scotia outlines 11 recommendations to help ensure every Nova Scotian has access to a primary care team that includes a family doctor.

Physician engagement in health-care system change

When physicians are meaningfully involved in health system change, governments and health authorities benefit from their expertise and perspective. Meaningful physician engagement is key to successfully changing the health system.

Doctors Nova Scotia’s physician engagement position paper has five recommendations for  health system decision-makers and physicians to consider. It also outlines commitments for Doctors Nova Scotia to uphold in order to support and encourage the association’s members in getting involved in system change.

Act now

Talk to candidates about your health-care concerns – when they knock on your door, through social media or when you meet them at public debates.