Over 1,600 family doctors are members of Primary Care Networks in the Calgary area. Within the Calgary zone, seven PCNs provide care to about 1.3 million patients.
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What is a PCN?

Primary Care Network (PCN) services and programs, developed in partnership with your family doctor, are designed to meet the everyday health needs of patients. Research shows patients who have a family doctor and visit them regularly are healthier as they age and live longer. In addition, they receive more chronic disease care, make fewer visits to the emergency room and are hospitalized less.

Primary Care

PCNs are designed to strengthen your doctor’s clinic by providing referral services, programs and information to help you manage your health. These programs can include health teams, after-hours medical access, clinics and workshops.

Family doctors provide continuity of care. When you build a relationship with a family physician it means they understand your health background and issues.

Teams & Customized Programs

Many PCNs sponsor teams of physician-led health professionals. These teams vary in size and focus but usually include nurses, behavioural health consultants, dietitians, kinesiologists, pharmacists and others that work to improve the overall health of patients while supporting the local family doctor. These teams are part of what makes your family doctor’s clinic, your health or medical home.

Each PCN designs programs and services to meet the unique health needs of the geographic area they serve. As a result, each PCN has customized programs.

Health Matters

Health Matters magazine is produced in collaboration with Calgary and area PCNs through a partnership with Alberta Health Services’ Apple magazine. It is designed to provide patients with information health information and about programs as well as services available to them through their PCN. Health Matters is produced four times a year.

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