2020 Primary Health Survey

The Primary Health Survey is the most comprehensive health services survey in N.B. It aims to better understand and report on New Brunswickers' self-rated health determinants, their use and their experiences with primary health services in their communities.

13 467 citizens participated in the 2020 edition of the survey.

The results were released on November 30th , 2021.


Key Observations from 2020 Edition

  • 1 in 2 citizens can’t see their family doctor in a timely manner.
  • Although 86% of New Brunswickers have a personal family doctor, only 2 in 3 most often go to their family doctor as their regular place of care.
  • Depending on where they live, citizens may face difficulties in accessing care due to having to travel long distances to use a health service.
  • At least 38,000 New Brunswickers felt they needed to see or talk to a health professional about their mental health, or their use of alcohol or drugs in the last 12 months, yet they did not. The top two reasons were: wait time for the service was too long or they were too busy.

For more information on the 2020 findings, consult our web article : In search of a better access to primary care services in New Brunswick.