Rural Health Care: essential reality in NB
It is said that 85% of residents of New Brunswick live within 50 km. of a major municipality. For those people the urban model of health care may work, albeit with imperfections well covered by the media. That means that 90,000 residents still live in small towns, villages remote from larger centres. The Acadian Peninsula, Grand Manan Island, Deer Island, St. Stephen, Macadam, Gagetown.
Healthcare services for rural residents can be provided with superb quality without trying to replicate the days of numerous hospitals. Take Northwestern Ontario, three times the geography of New Brunswick, where communities are often many hours drive apart. Superb service is provided by one major Regional Hospital, four community hospitals that are equipped to provide superb secondary care, and a series of small hospitals re-purposed to serve primary care needs at local level. Because the system is integrated and comprehensive, people love the efficiency and quality because they receive the care they need when they need it. Read more here
Ken McGeorge, BS,DHA,CHE is a career health care executive based in Fredericton, NB, Canada.