What is Primary Health Care?
Primary health care (PHC) refers to basic, everyday health care. Whether visiting your family doctor or nurse practitioner, talking to a physiotherapist or a registered dietician, primary health care providers are the first faces you’ll see when you access the health care system for care or advice.
Primary health care is about:
- Preventing people from becoming ill or injured
- Managing chronic conditions
- Making the most effective use of health provider expertise
- Efficiency and coordination
- Individuals playing an active role in their own health care
- Understanding that factors outside the health system influence individual and community health
PHC is not a new concept – it’s been in existence for years. We believe that it will ensure better health for all of us. It has the potential to keep waiting lists down, lessen the pressure on emergency rooms and make the system more sustainable in the long term. The more you understand it, the better prepared you will be to take advantage of the opportunities it presents to you, your family and your community.
Chronic Disease Management Programs
Heartland Health Region wants to support clients and patients living with and managing a chronic condition. Chronic conditions could include:
- Cardiac or
- Pulmonary Conditions
Not all programs require a referral to attend. For more information about any of these services contact our Chronic Disease Nurse at 306 882 2672 ext 2208.