Government of New Brunswick

The Government of New Brunswick committed to improving access to primary and acute care in 2014. In 2017, primary and acute care became one of the five pillars of the New Brunswick Family Plan. Better access to health care enhances the quality of life for New Brunswickers. In order to address this challenge, the government is using an approach focused on preventative care and helping New Brunswickers lead healthy lifestyles in their homes and communities.

In April 2017, the provincial government released the report Improving Access to Primary and Acute Care. The report outlined three initiatives aimed at improving primary and acute care in New Brunswick: 

  • Continuing work to implement a new approach to family medicine with the New Brunswick Medical Society;
  • Developing a model of integrated and coordinated health-care services for more consistent and appropriate care;
  • Continuing work on collaborative action allowing people to receive the proper level of care in the most appropriate setting, ideally in their home.

Concrete actions were also outlined in the report to help the system achieve better health outcomes.

Focusing on preventative care, wellness and home or community-based supports will help strengthen the system in response to both rural and urban needs across the province. An integrated system that supports the use of nurse practitioners, midwives, pharmacists and other health-care professionals in the provision of primary health care will help reduce pressure on acute-care resources.

In conjunction with the New Brunswick Family Plan, the government has allocated record investments in health care, the government has also already undertaken a number of initiatives and investments in order to improve access to primary and acute care including:

The government’s work to improving access to primary and acute care builds on existing strategies in the Provincial Health Plan, Primary Health Care Framework, Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Framework, Home First Strategy and the Aging Strategy for New Brunswick all of which are available on the Department of Health and the Department of Social Development websites.


Updated: August 2017

MEDIA CONTACT(S): Véronique Taylor, communications, Department of Health, (506) 444-4583,