A new collaborative care clinic expected to open next year in New Minas is receiving praise from Doctors Nova Scotia.
Valley Crossroads is expected to offer primary care as well as a number of services such as massage therapy, psychology and physiotherapy.
"Collaborative care clinics are always a great idea because it gets doctors together along with other types of health care practitioners," said Dr. Gary Ernest, president of Doctors Nova Scotia. "It makes it easier for patients to have access to these because they are under one roof."
Dr. Ernest touted some of the benefits these clinics can bring, including speeding up the referral process.
"Sometimes rather than a formal referral, you may get one doctor asking somebody, whether it's another physician or physiotherapist or a pharmacist, their opinion about X, Y or Z and getting a quick answer" he said. "It can increase the efficiency of care as well."
But he adds it will truly benefit our health care system as long as they bring in new physicians.
"If you're setting up a clinic that will have new family physicians than that will increase access because you have two new family doctors who are setting up practice and they can absorb a number of people who don't have a family physician."