Primary Care

Primary care includes all the services you receive for your basic, everyday health needs. It is often called the front door to health care - your entry point into the health-care system. It might be a visit to your family doctor, a call to Health Link or an appointment with a therapist.

In Alberta, primary care services are provided by both family doctors and Alberta Health Services (AHS). It includes the initial care, treatment and follow-up of various conditions as well as referrals to the rest of the health system when needed. It also encompasses the promotion of wellness, and prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries.

Why is primary care important?

Primary care is the foundation to building healthier communities and a strong, sustainable health-care system. It gives you and your family a home in the health-care system, supported by a team who know and understand your unique needs.

Not everybody needs to be treated in a hospital, not everyone needs to go to an Emergency Department or have an operation but every single Albertan needs primary care. And, if you have strong primary care services, you’re less likely to need that hospital care down the road.

Building a primary care foundation

AHS is focused on strengthening access, quality and sustainability of primary care services to improve the health and wellness of all Albertans.