There are 40 PCNs operating throughout Alberta with more than 3,800 family physicians, and more than 1,400 other health practitioners. At any given time there are hundreds of PCN family doctors accepting new patients. Research shows that patients who regularly visit a family doctor are healthier and live longer.
Primary Care Networks across the province provide services that best meet the needs of their patient populations. With this being said, provincial objectives were set for all PCNs. These are:
1. Accountable & Effective Governance – Establish clear & effective governance roles, structures & processes that support shared accountability & the evolution of primary healthcare delivery.
2. Strong Partnerships & Transitions of Care – Coordinate, integrate & partner with health services & other social services across the continuum of care.
3. Health Needs of the Community and Population – Plan service delivery on high-quality assessments of the community’s needs through community engagement and assessment of appropriate evidence.
4. Patient’s Medical Home – Implement patient’s medical home to ensure Albertans have access to the right services through the establishment of interdisciplinary teams that provide comprehensive primary care.