The Northeast has been designated as having a high need for doctors. The Local Health Integration Network has worked to get that designation. It means that as of June 1st, doctors can only apply for a new job or to relocate in a high need area.

“Initial numbers showed higher ratios of physicians in the cities, but when we really drilled down on the physician lists we discovered many had retired, left the area, or switched from a primary care practice to a different form of medicine,” explained Louise Paquette, CEO of the North East LHIN. “Our primary care leads were invaluable in helping us get a clearer picture of who is actually practicing.”

This is good news for the North. Being designated as a high needs area is a key part of getting more physicians here in the future.

“It’s a huge relief that all of the North East is on the high-needs list,” said Dr. Yves Raymond, the North East LHIN’s Primary Care lead for the Cochrane Hub. “This will make our work to increase access to primary care easier.”.

Around 12% of the North East doesn’t have a family doctor.