The Canadian Government has signed two agreements with the New Brunswick Government, committing more than C$430m ($316m) to enhance healthcare access and services in the province.  

The first agreement pledges over C$313m to support New Brunswick’s three-year action plan aimed at upgrading its healthcare system. This investment forms part of the federal government’s Working Together Agreement. 

The plan includes support for various initiatives such as increasing the quality and availability of primary care, allowing nurse practitioners to provide non-urgent care, improving access to lung and cervical cancer screening and investing in mobile X-ray programmes for nursing home residents. 

Additionally, it will focus on expanding access to insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring technology, extending cataract surgery options, delivering better mental health and substance use services, and continuing to support hip/knee surgery initiatives. 

It will also fund telepsychiatry services for First Nations youth and establish a multidisciplinary team to assist youths with addiction and mental health challenges. 

Financial incentives for physician recruitment in rural and underserved communities, including francophone areas, and supporting recruitment, retention and training of health workers, are also included in this plan. 

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The plan will further modernise health data systems, allowing more patients to access timely in-person and virtual care via eVisitNB and NB Health Link.  

It also includes integrating Community Mental Health Care Services and creating a province-wide clinical information solution for medical images and bilingual, integrated clinical hospital records.  

The second Aging with Dignity Agreement, worth C$117m, supports New Brunswick’s five-year action plan to enhance home and community care systems, including palliative care, and strengthen rehabilitation services for seniors. 

The funds will support the long-term care (LTC) workforce and residential hospices, as well as the creation of a web portal to improve service delivery.  

Recruitment and retention of LTC front-line workers through skill-building programmes and settlement services for newcomers are also included.  

Canada Health Minister Mark Holland said: “These agreements will lead to better public health care for people of New Brunswick through more access to doctors and nurses, better care for important surgeries like hip and knee procedures, and support for care that seniors need.” 

Separately, the Canadian Government has signed an agreement with the Prince Edward Island (PEI) Government to provide enhanced access to home and community healthcare services, including palliative care, for the province’s residents and close the quality and safety gaps in LTC.  

The federal government will provide C$29m in support over the next five years.