Statement on virtual care

The New Brunswick Medical Society is pleased to be working with our colleagues across Atlantic Canada to enhance virtual health care in eastern Canada. In May 2019, our four medical associations, along with the Canadian Medical Association, signed a joint statement to call attention to the need for increased use of virtual care. New channels for delivering care are growing quickly due to the growth of digital health tools and the dramatic expansion of mobile devices in the hands of patients and providers. Virtual care has the potential to improve access to primary health care by connecting physicians and patients remotely — through video conferencing, telephone, text, or email. In New Brunswick, this could be particularly beneficial in rural areas.

To read a joint statement on virtual care from the Atlantic provinces’ four provincial medical associations, click here.

Dr. Serge Melanson, president, New Brunswick Medical Society