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24 Alberta communities get access to Family Care Clinics

By Canadian Chiropractor staff   

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Aug. 15, 2013 — Twenty four communities in Alberta were the most recent beneficiaries of the Alberta government’s latest roll out of its Family Care Clinics (FCCs) initiative — which provides Albertans better access to primary health care — part of the province’s Building Alberta Plan.

“Our government made a commitment to Albertans that we would increase
access to primary health care, and we are doing just that,” said Alberta
Premier Alison Redford in a statement.

“We are working with
physicians and other health care providers on how primary care evolves
in the future, and part of that work is moving forward with Family Care


The 24 communities chosen in this second wave for new
FCCs were identified as having the greatest need for improved access to
primary health care, and are considered to be ready and have the
capacity to implement an FCC, according to the Ministry of Health.

first wave saw three pilot FCCs established, one each in Calgary,
Edmonton and Slave Lake. Other communities will be considered for future
waves of FCCs, the government said.

Government is working with
leaders and health providers in the 24 communities to develop plans for
each FCC. The stand-alone clinics will be staffed with a team of health
providers brought together to meet the unique health and social needs of
the community they serve.

FCCs provide non-emergency primary
health care services, such as diagnosis and treatment of illness,
screening, immunization, health promotion, chronic disease prevention
and management, and links to other health and community agencies. Each
FCC is expected to provide extended hours of service, same-day
appointments and access to the most appropriate member of the care team,
the ministry said.

The Alberta government has budgeted $50 million this year to support the development of FCCs.

are excited about the opportunity as a not-for profit organization to
apply to become a Family Care Clinic,” said Vera Caine, board chair of
the Boyle McCauley Health Centre. “We see this as a means of enhancing
our model of care and expanding primary health care services for our
complex, high needs population.”

Family Care Clinics will
complement the services provided by 40 Primary Care Networks (PCN) in
the province. PCNs are networks of privately owned physician offices
that receive supplementary funding to hire other health professionals to
help deliver enhanced services to their patients.

physicians and government achieve proper ‘primary care reform’ in
Alberta, this will be the principal driver toward gaining what is needed
for a safe, efficient, timely and quality health care delivery system
for Albertans,” said Dr. Michael Giuffre, president, Alberta Medical

“I look forward to exploring how FCCs and PCNs will complement each other in Alberta’s primary care neighborhood,” he added.

For more information on the FCC process, visit

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