In Newfoundland and Labrador, primary health care is typically a person’s first point of contact with the health care system. It encompasses a range of community-based services essential to maintaining and improving health and well-being throughout an individual’s entire lifespan.
Primary health care should support individuals, families, communities, and the health sector to prevent illness and maintain health. This includes recognizing and working to improve social conditions that have a significant impact on health such as income, housing, education, and environment.
Highly effective primary health care is known to keep individuals, families and communities heathy. Improving population health through reforms to the primary health care system can prevent the need for investments in more costly interventions such as surgeries, increased pharmaceutical usage, and hospitalization.
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