Health and health care for all

Primary Care

In a province as progressive as Ontario, the fact that access to primary care remains a key challenge is unacceptable. Nurse practitioners in community, long-term care and hospital settings have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and competencies to augment other roles and improve access to health services. This contrasts with physician assistants (PAs) who are unregulated and have limited education, training and experience. Where PAs can lead to public confusion and the fragmentation of patient care, nurse practitioners hold the key to providing high-quality, client-centred, cost-effective health care utilizing all health professionals to their full scope of practice.

RNAO Recommendations

Access to Primary Care for All Ontarians

  1. Establish 50 additional nurse practitioner-led clinics by 2015, as part of enhanced access to primary care.