Question Period, 2 December 2015
Full transcript available here.

Primary care facilities and health providers

Dr. Bevan-Baker: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

The Liberal Party platform in the most recent election stated its support for primary care facilities to be established utilizing health providers such as nurse practitioners. Exactly such a clinic has been proposed for Crapaud where the local GP, Dr. Hank Visser, has announced his intention to retire over the next few years.

Can the hon. Minister of Health and Wellness and Family and Human Services give this House an update on the proposal, please?

Speaker: The hon. Minister of Health and Wellness and Family and Human Services.

Mr. Currie: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

Government is very committed. In our mandate letter it’s clearly stated that two of our seven initiatives – one is enhancing primary health care in the Province of Prince Edward Island and two is strengthening rural health care as well.

I’m very familiar with Dr. Visser who has presented an exceptional proposal. We have currently given direction to Health PEI to add four nurse practitioners to the complement of nurse practitioners which currently sits at 14. We’re working with the group from Crapaud looking at ways that we can be cost-neutral, looking at ways that we can continue to be part of a broader conversation as we continue to enhance primary health care, which is being worked on currently as we speak.

Very pleased. Have to be very conscientious of the fiscal, but an exceptional model and we hope to be successful in the near future.

Speaker: The hon. Leader of the Third Party, first supplementary.

Mr. Aylward: Mr. Speaker, can I speak to that ministerial statement?

Crapaud clinic

Dr. Bevan-Baker: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

The community of Crapaud is considering financing renovations to a community-owned building in order to accommodate this facility, and budgets drawn up by the proponents of this clinic show that not only will it be revenue-neutral but it could save the government money by removing 500 patients from the waiting list, moving to adjunctive providers such as nurse practitioners, and reducing emergency visits at our hospitals.

I have over 800 signatures here from residents of the south shore area in support of the establishment of such a health clinic. A question to the minister: What more do the people of the Crapaud area have to do in order to make this clinic a reality?

Mr. Aylward: Elect a Liberal MLA.

Speaker: The hon. Minister of Health and Wellness and Family and Human Services.

Mr. Currie: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

As we look at the future of sustaining the provincial health care system, primary health care will be a pillar of a health care system that provides timely and appropriate access by the right provider in the right situation at the right time.

Very respectful of the question from the Leader of the Third Party. We did meet with the Leader of the Third Party, with the committee from Crapaud. We really like the model that’s being presented. We recognize that Dr. Visser has a very large practice and is very much engaged. I really respect the fact that this is a model that shows innovation and a model that is sustainable in the area.

We currently are working with Treasury Board, we’re currently working with Health PEI, to look at making sure that we’re effective and we’re cost-neutral, to make sure that this will be part of a broader, sustainable primary health care model for the province.

Thank you.

Speaker: The hon. Leader of the Third Party, second supplementary.

Community-based clinics

Dr. Bevan-Baker: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Does the department have other plans for expanding these sorts of community-based, multi-disciplinarian health care clinics across rural Prince Edward Island?

Speaker: The hon. Minister of Health and Wellness and Family and Human Services.

Mr. Currie: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

When we came into government in 2007 the nurse practitioner was not very common in communities. Since then we’ve built primary health care networks. We’re currently at approximately 14 nurse practitioners. We’re working with the Medical Society of Prince Edward Island. We currently have a Master Agreement which is part-and-parcel to conversations in building these models. We have some very successful models, but we see this as a model to provide timely access to health care professionals. It continues to build on our commitment to expanding the scope of practice, whether it be with the nurse practitioners, whether it be with pharmacists, whether it be with paramedics.

So yes, very committed, and this will be the way of health care delivery into the future, particularly in rural Prince Edward Island.

Thank you.

 

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