06/21/2013 06:10 EDT | Updated 08/21/2013 05:12 EDT

N.B. sets up new program to help determine when doctors can take new patients

FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick government is introducing a new program to determine when doctors can take on more patients.

Health Minister Hugh Flemming says the Salaried Physician Monitoring System allows salaried family doctors and health authorities to identify when they can accept people from a registry of patients who don't have a family doctor.

Most doctors are expected to maintain between 1,000 and 1,800 people in their practice, and see between 18 and 33 patients a day.

Flemming says the accountability benchmarks relating to the minimum size of a practice and the minimum number of patients were established with the provincial medical society, physicians and the regional health authorities.

Salaried physicians will provide information to the regional health authorities about what services are provided, along with the number of patients and that information is entered into the monitoring system.

New Brunswick has 441 salaried physicians, 105 of whom are family doctors.