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Primary Health Care

What is Primary Health Care?

Primary Health Care (PHC) is the foundation of the health care system. It is often the first point of contact people have with a health care provider when they have a health concern. That contact may involve a visit to a family physician or nurse practitioner, advice from a pharmacist, or information on chronic disease management.


A strong primary health care system provides access to high quality care delivered by a team of health professionals that meets the needs of patient and their families of all ages in any health care setting.

• What is Primary Health Care?
• PHC Map
• PHC Teams

• Healthline
• Chronic Disease Management
• Falls Prevention
• Smoking Cessation
• Healthy Lifestyles

Characteristics of PHC include:

  • Patient/family centredness, self-reliance and participation
  • Community engagement and participation
  • Health workers collaborating in inter-disciplinary teams
  • Proactive Prevention Focus
  • Integration and coordination of services 
  • Accessibility
  • Better Management of Chronic Conditions
  • Localized set of choices
  • Sustainability
  • Multi-sector alignment and involvement

 Above information courtesy of Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.

The three Goals of Primary Health Care in Five Hills Health Region are:

  1. Improve access to health care services
  2. Improve quality of health care services
  3. Improve the health of the population

Our Principles of Primary Health Care are:

  1. Health Promotion
  2. Accessibility
  3. Appropriate Technology
  4. Community Participation
  5. Partnerships

For more information on Primary Health Care please visit Primary Health Services.