Care For Your Everyday Health Needs
PATIENTS WHO REGULARLY VISIT A FAMILY DOCTOR ARE HEALTHIER AND LIVE LONGER.There are now 42 Primary Care Networks operating throughout Alberta with more than 3,800 family physicians, and more than 1,100 other health practitioners. Primary Care Networks are created through an agreement between physicians and Alberta Health Services. These PCNs bring local physicians and other health care professionals together to provide comprehensive patient care to Albertans, through solutions to meet the needs of the local community and their health issues.
Primary Care is the first point of contact a person has with the health system—the point where people receive care for most of their everyday health needs. The care is typically provided by family physicians, nurses, dietitians, mental health professionals, pharmacists, therapists, and others, to include prevention, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up of various health conditions, referrals to specialists and diagnostic services (e.g., laboratory tests or X-rays).
Improving Primary Care Networks (PCN) governance and Albertans’ access to team-based primary health care will help provide Albertans more community-based health care closer to home. Through this vision, Albertans’ health and well-being will be improved by an integrated health system that involves planning and structuring the way we deliver health care around people and their community. For more information go to: Primary Care Networks Governance