Engagement of Physicians in The Regional Delivery of Care

A summary of a panel discussion, sponsored by The Change Foundation, at the National Healthcare Leadership Conference of the Canadian College of Health Service Executive in Saskatoon, June 2-3, 2008. The theme of the conference was Regionalization: Lessons Learned or Lessons Lost? Our research advisor Steven Lewis stressed the necessity of engaging physicians as gatekeepers of most healthcare services and the importance of increasing accountability for patient outcomes. Dr. Stewart McMillan spoke about barriers and facilitators of physician engagement from his experience in Saskatchewan as head of a department of family medicine with about 160 urban physicians and 20 rural physicians, and as someone with a long-term interest in healthcare policy and management. Dr. Vernon Jubber, Chief Clinical Officer of Chinook Health Region in Alberta, described the evolution of primary care delivery in the Lethbridge region over the past dozen years – its challenges and successes. 

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