An annual study has revealed that Nova Scotians are increasingly concerned about access to healthcare.
The poll, commissioned by the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia, found 86 per cent of those asked are worried.
Association CEO Allison Bodnar told NEWS 95.7 patient concerns about being able to access healthcare come as no surprise.
"Statistically we are older in Atlantic Canada in general than in the rest of Canada, and sicker, so needing more healthcare services than the rest of the country," explained Bodnar. "So this is probably more top of mind in Atlantic Canada than the rest of the country."
She said that there are many services pharmacists can do including, administering immunizations, prescribing for common or minor ailments and helping with management of chronic diseases.
But Bodnar explained that the real issue is that pharmacists are not included as part of the public system so for those patients who want to utilize these services, they will have to pay cash as it's not something covered by health care services in the province.
Bodnar said she feels the government could do a lot more to help improve healthcare access to patients by simply engaging pharmacies, and looking at covering more services.