The Patient’s Medical Home is the future of family practice in Canada.

In this vision, every family practice across Canada offers the medical care that Canadians want — seamless care that is centred on individual patients’ needs, within their community, throughout every stage of life, and integrated with other health services.

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What makes a Patient’s Medical Home

Here are a few of our goals for transforming our family practices:
  • Patients receive care that is centered on their needs from a team that knows their story
  • Physicians provide appropriate, timely care and establish and continue relationships with their patients and team members
  • Policy makers can see the benefits of a strong, well-supported family practice operating within a robust primary health care system
  • Nurses, nurse practitioners, physiotherapists, pharmacists, and other health professionals work with family physicians to provide PMH patients with the best in care through well-coordinated services and interprofessional collaboration
  • Patients
  • Physicians
  • Policy Makers
  • Other Health Profesisonals
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Practices Similar To PMH That Exist In Canada

Practices that work on principles similar to the Patient’s Medical Home already exist in several Canadian provinces.

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Currently, there are 40 Primary Care Networks (PCN) with 3.2 million patients informally enrolled and 800 other health professionals involved.Read More

British Columbia

British Columbia has recently launched “A GP for Me” — a program that pledges to have every British Columbian affiliated with a personal family physician by 2015.Read More


Manitoba saw the development of 4 Primary Care Networks, which are building on the work of Physician Integrated Networks (PINs). Manitoba also promises that every Manitoban will have a personal family physician by 2015.Read More

New Brunswick

In 2011, prototypical Family Health Teams (FHTs) were established and funded by a mix of Health Authority and Department of Health funding.Read More

Newfoundland and Labrador

In 2006 and 2007, Newfoundland and Labrador developed Primary Health Care (PHC) team areas.Read More

Northwest Territories

In addition to growing PMH-like initiatives in Yellowknife, the Northwest Territories have the Integrated Service Delivery Model (ISDM) in health care. These team-based and client-focused practices serve the general population as well as specific patient groups, such as those with diabetes.Read More

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia has 42 Community Health Centres (CHCs), which are staffed by physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals. Collaborative Emergency Centres (CECs) provide extended hours and access to care.Read More


Currently, Nunavut is working to establish a more robust system of health care providers. Typically, the community health nurse leads an interdisciplinary team and is the first point of contact for patients.Read More


Since 2005, 185 Family Health Teams (FHTs) have been serving over three million Ontarians enrolled in 200 communities.Read More

Prince Edward Island

PEI has five Primary Care Networks, consisting of Health Centres alongside Collaborative Emergency Centres, which provide extended hours and access to care where 24-hour emergency services have been difficult to maintain.Read More


The provincial government stated its intent to revamp Quebec’s health care system by increasing the number of Family Medicine Groups (FMG/GMF) to 300 and to establish super clinics (open to the public 24/7).Read More


Collaborative Emergency Centres (CECs) were established and based on the Nova Scotia model, alongside eight Primary Health Care innovation sites based on community needs.Read More


In Whitehorse, the Diabetes Collaborative exists to manage patients with diabetes and is comprised of family physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, and nutritionists.Read More

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