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Primary Health Care

LEADS: Maria Mathews & Lindsay Hedden

Primary health care is a critically important component of any health system, and one in which Canada has lagged behind on key indicators despite significant investments through the Primary Care Transition Fund (2000-2006). Ensuring greater access to primary health care teams figured prominently in the most recent Federal Minister of Health’s mandate letter and is the focus of significant CIHR funding initiatives. Having an adequate supply and health system supports for primary health care professionals and teams are essential features of responsive health systems.