Health Minister Jason Copping announced the initiative on Friday as part of the government’s plan to modernize the primary health care system.
Primary health care includes, for example, pharmacists, nurses and nurse practitioners, and family physicians. According to Minister Copping, it is also one of the health sectors most affected by the pandemic.
[Ce] are the ones who have suffered the brunt of the pandemic for two and a half yearsassures the minister.
The situation is difficult, because according to Jason Copping, many patients
postponed their treatment during the pandemic and are now returning for treatment.
There are problems accessing a family doctor […] and the pandemic has exacerbated [ce problème] and made it more urgenthe explains.
The Minister wishes to find possible solutions with the advisory groups in order to take the pressure off this health network. The recruitment of doctors will be at the heart of the questions of the panels in order to
whether physicians choose family medicine or choose [d’exercer leur profession] in Alberta.
The ideas that will be part of the report will have to be able to be applied in the short term for almost immediate integration, says the Minister of Health, but some of them can be implemented in the next five to ten years.
Focus on rural areas
The three panels will notably propose solutions to remedy the problems of the primary health care network, more particularly in rural or remote regions of Alberta.
The experts will also study how to reduce the barrier of racism in access to care for Aboriginal people.
Access to primary health care is critical for First Nations and Métis, especially those living in rural areasadds the chair of the Aboriginal primary health care panel, Tyler White.
In addition to proposing ideas, the panels will have to present ways to integrate them, said Minister Copping.
This may be the best idea since sliced bread […]but if you don’t know how to implement it, it’s useless.
The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) welcomes the government’s initiative. In an email, the president of theWADA,
pay serious attention has a
primary care system in crisis.
” [L’]Alberta has lost a lot of ground to the country in its work to advance the cooperative approach to primary health care with patients,” she said. “We welcome this chance to rekindle this momentum and continue to ensure that every Albertan has a family doctor. »