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A Focus on Access to Primary Care

To support improved access to competent primary care through effective regulation.

Desired Outcomes

  • Nova Scotians have better access to primary care from appropriately qualified, competent physicians.
  • There are no barriers to licensure for appropriately qualified and competent physicians.
  • The health authorities and incoming physicians navigate easily through the licensing process.
  • Licensed physicians fulfill their responsibilities to accept patients within their scope of practice.


The College will:

  • ensure the health authorities and potential candidates understand our licensing requirements;
  • review registration pathways to identify and remove unnecessary barriers to licensure;
  • lend licensure expertise to the health authorities in physician recruitment initiatives;
  • identify and implement strategies to maintain access to care when a physician’s practice is interrupted; and
  • contribute to efforts to make Practice Ready Assessments available to appropriate candidates.