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Health Minister Bernie Boudreau began a broad public consultation
today with the launch of a discussion paper on physician issues.

"Everyone needs a family doctor, and access to specialists in a
timely manner," said Mr. Boudreau. "So together, let's figure out
how to fine tune the system and give doctors the stability they
need to practise in the province."

The paper, called Good Medicine: Securing Doctors' Services for
Nova Scotians, looks at how the province can provide a stable
environment to attract and keep physicians. Some areas for
discussion in the paper include:

-  how physicians are paid;

-  how education and training of physicians can better match the
   province's needs; and,

-  why more focus should be placed on health promotion and

The paper includes some suggested solutions that might be
appropriate for Nova Scotia.

"For too long, talks on physician issues have not been open to
public input and debate," said Mr. Boudreau. "That ends today. We
are inviting the public to provide us with their opinions and
feedback on physician services, a very fundamental part of our
health care system."

Physicians perform a vital role in the delivery of quality health
care, the minister said. Approximately $260 million a year is
spent on physician services, or about 20 per cent of the $1.2
billion health care budget.

"I encourage all interested Nova Scotians to read the paper and
tell us what they think about all the issues surrounding how we
pay, train and keep doctors in this province," said Mr. Boudreau.

Copies of the paper will be available at public libraries, the
Nova Scotia Government Book Store, Halifax (1-800-526-6575) and
at Access Nova Scotia sites in Truro, Sydney, Kentville, Yarmouth
and Bridgewater. There is no charge for the paper. As well, the
paper can also be viewed on the Internet at

About 2,000 copies of the paper were mailed yesterday to
physicians across the province.


Contact: Lori MacLean  902-424-5025

trp                      Jan. 31, 1997 - 11 a.m.