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New Brunswick Health Authorities agree that collaboration is key

(NEW BRUNSWICK) June 8, 2013 - The Board of Directors of New Brunswick's two Health Networks have reaffirmed their support for a collaborative approach between physicians and the Department of Health and are asking them to resolve their differences.

Both health networks count on services provided by approximately 1,600 physicians. They agree that physicians' involvement is needed to help find savings and build a sustainable system that is patient-focused.

Horizon Health Network and Vitalité Health Network are hopeful that an understanding, through dialogue and collaboration, can be reached between physicians and the Department of Health.

"New Brunswick physicians are a key part of the health-care system and our board members feel strongly that we need their assistance and innovation to be able to provide the best possible care to our patients" said David Ferguson, Board chair of Horizon Health Network.

"Given its current performance level, we all know that the present-day system is unsustainable and beyond the ability of New Brunswickers to afford," said Paul Couturier, Board chair of Vitalité Health Network, "so it is vital that all players - physicians among them - sit down together with a common purpose of solving our fiscal problem and ensuring the sustainability of our public and universal health system."

As two of the partners of New Brunswick's publicly funded health system, Horizon Health Network and Vitalité Health Network are continuing their efforts to make it more effective, efficient and to preserve its sustainability.

Media Contacts
Carole Saucier, media relations, Horizon Health Network, 1-877-499-1899.
Jean-René Noël, media relations, Vitalité Health Network, 1-506-544-3678.

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