With the number of health professionals engaged in the system in New Brunswick, there can be nothing but excuses for lack of timely access to good primary care or to good specialty care, for that matter! Excuses…we have heard them all, right?
The Health Council of New Brunswick reports that while most New Brunswickers seem happy enough with the NB Health System. But wait, you need to dig a little deeper. In the Health System Report Card of 2016 New Brunswickers gave Primary Health a D ranking, acute care a B ranking, Supportive/Specialty Service a D ranking. Efficiency was ranked D while all other indicators were ranked as C. This hardly speaks to the excellence that New Brunswickers should enjoy!
Another Health Council report published more recently, observes that New Brunswick has physicians, nurses and social workers on a per capita basis than other provinces and more than the national average. New Brunswick has 113 family doctors per 100,000 population compared to the national average of 106; 6.6% difference. Read more here
Ken McGeorge, BS,DHA,CHE is a career health care executive based in Fredericton, NB, Canada.