Primary Care Initiative

What is a Primary Care Network?

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) were established to improve access to family doctors and other frontline health providers in Alberta. PCNs were established within the framework set by Alberta Health, the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) and Alberta Health Services (AHS).

While each network provides primary care services, priorities are set locally. Each PCN designs programs and services to best meet local needs, which may vary from area to area. This flexibility to develop local solutions to local health issues makes each PCN unique.

Primary Care Networks are a made-in-Alberta approach to ensure that you receive the right care, from the right health professional, at the right time.

In a Primary Care Network, a team of health professionals, led by a family doctor, delivers and coordinates health services, resulting in better collaboration, more timely referrals and more comprehensive care.

Today, there are 42 PCNs operating in communities across Alberta, caring for more than 3.5 million patients. 

FAQ - Primary Care Networks Work 4 You.pdf




For more information about PCNs, please visit www.pcnpmo.ca.

Did you know?

  • There are more than 3,800 PCN family doctors and more than 1,000 other full time health care providers. At any given time there are hundreds of PCN family doctors accepting new patients. Albertans looking for a family doctor can visit www.pcnpmo.ca/findadoctor to find one near them. Research shows that patients who regularly visit a family doctor are healthier and live longer.

  • After hours clinics are available in many communities across Alberta.

Albertans can find their PCN by visiting https://www.pcnpmo.ca/alberta-pcns/Pages/map.aspx.