CCSN’s Questions to Parties and Candidates

Access to healthcare

Family doctors are the first point of contact with the healthcare system for most patients. According to the New Brunswick Medical Society, an estimated 80% of healthcare takes place in this primary care setting. And yet 50,000 New Brunswickers do not have a family doctor.

If elected, what steps will your government take to increase the availability of family doctors in New Brunswick?

Cancer Drug Formulary Listings

New Brunswick had the longest average wait to listing a new drug for coverage under the public drug plan (1027 days in 2012). In addition, New Brunswick typically lists fewer oral oncology drugs than Nova Scotia or Newfoundland and Labrador.

If elected, will your government commit to:

a)Decrease the wait for listing new drugs for coverage under the public drug plan, and

b)Increase the number of new cancer drugs approved for public reimbursement so that all New Brunswickers have timely access to the drugs they need.