Primary health care
Your health. Our promise.
- Primary health care updates, reports, and Family Care Clinic information
- Read about the Minister's Advisory Committee on Primary Health Care
- Read Premier Redford’s letter to Albertans on access to primary health care June 20, 2012
- Watch Premier Redford's video on access to primary health care – June 20, 2012
- Read news release and backgrounder – June 20, 2012
Primary health care is the first place people go for health care or wellness advice and programs, treatment of a health issue or injury, or to diagnose and manage a health condition.
- Primary health care includes all of the services in your community that support the day to day health needs of you and your family through every stage of life.
- Primary health care may include a visit to your family doctor, a consultation from a nurse practitioner, advice from a pharmacist or an appointment with a dietician or therapist.
Primary health care draws on the expertise of many different providers working together to support people and their families and recognizes that our health, wellness and quality of life are influenced by our economic, cultural and physical situations, and our spiritual beliefs.
Primary health care includes a range of services, including a focus on wellness, and connecting people with social supports that influence their health status, such as housing or parental support. Regardless of where it happens, primary health care is the key to helping Albertans to be healthy.
Primary Care Networks and Family Care Clinics
Alberta has two team-based approaches to community health care. Primary Care Networks, in operation since 2003, are physician-led multi-disciplinary teams. Alberta has 40 networks with almost 2,500 doctors and about 600 full-time-equivalent professionals in other disciplines.
Family Care Clinics, a new approach introduced in early 2012, provide direct access to a variety of health professionals on a team, and to other community and support services.