Primary Care in Alberta

Primary care is the first point of contact a person has with the health system—the point where people receive care for most of their everyday health needs. Primary care is typically provided by:  family physicians, nurses, dietitians, mental health professionals, pharmacists, therapists, and others.

Primary care includes: prevention, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up of various health conditions, referrals to specialists, diagnostic services (e.g., laboratory tests or X-rays).

Family physicians and Alberta and Health Services personnel routinely provide primary care services within PCNs. Family physicians are often the first step for patients seeking appointments for primary care needs while Alberta Health Services provides important services such as laboratory and X-ray services.

Find out more about PCNs.