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New Brunswick’s new health plan includes no sweeping changes

Plan released Wednesday includes few details on how to address doctor, nurse shortages

The Higgs government’s much-anticipated health plan is out, promising a range of new tools and targets to improve the system in New Brunswick but no sweeping changes to address some of the sector’s most chronic problems.

The plan promises to reduce surgical wait times by half by the fall of 2023 thanks to electronic referrals to orthopedic surgeons and an “e-consultation” system for faster access to specialists.

People will also be able to schedule their own blood work or X-rays, and Ambulance New Brunswick will expand its staff and its fleet.

Those measures, included in the document released Wednesday morning, are on top of elements rolled out earlier in the week aimed at addressing primary care and long-term care.

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