In 2003, Alberta Health (formerly Alberta Health and Wellness), the Alberta Medical Association and Alberta’s Regional Health Authorities (now Alberta Health Services) established the Primary Care Initiative (PCI) to improve access to family physicians and other frontline health care providers in Alberta. The purpose of the PCI is to develop Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and support them in meeting the objectives of the program.
In the 2003 PCI Master Agreement, the three health partners set the following objectives:
The PCI agreement has been an outstanding success. There are 40 PCNs operating throughout Alberta with more in development. More than 2500 family physicians in Alberta are working in PCNs.