New fee-for-service agreement reached with doctors

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The provincial government and the New Brunswick Medical Society will sign a new fee-for-service agreement, effective April 1 of this year and extending to March 31, 2016.

 “This agreement with the province's fee-for-service physicians focuses on improving our health-care system and strengthens its sustainability,” said Health Minister Hugh Flemming. “I thank the New Brunswick Medical Society for their commitment to improving the lives of their patients.”

The tentative agreement was announced on April 9.

“We are pleased to complete the ratification process with a record turnout from fee-for-service physicians,” said Dr Lynn Hansen, president of the New Brunswick Medical Society. “The membership voted overwhelmingly in favour of the agreement.”

The agreement includes increases to the Medicare budget of two per cent for each of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 fiscal years. This follows two fiscal years of zero increases to the budget.

  “We look forward to implementing the elements of the agreement,” said Flemming. “The provincial health plan and the doctors' recent document, Care First, were very aligned in terms of our mutual priorities for the system.”

“Doctors are key partners in a sustainable health care system and we take our leadership role seriously,” said Hansen. “We are pleased to work with the province on improving health care for New Brunswick patients.”

Organizations: New Brunswick Medical Society, Medicare

Geographic location: New Brunswick

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