Key Primary Care Concepts
What is a Home Clinic?
A Home Clinic is a patient-centred primary care clinic, registered with Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL), and identified by its patients as the place that serves as their home base for timely provision and coordination of all their health and medical care needs throughout their lifespan. As the home base for ongoing, high quality care, patients will leverage their Home Clinic for preventative care, treatment of minor ailments and management of chronic conditions. Having a home base improves continuity of care and information.
Why are Home Clinics important in Manitoba?
A Home Clinic provides its patients comprehensive, continuous and coordinated care, thereby improving their patients' health outcomes. Ensuring Manitobans have a Home Clinic, which serves as the home base for the majority of their primary care needs, is a key step towards achieving a longer term vision of a robust, equitable and accessible primary care system. Home Clinics are also considered vital to ensure long-term sustainability of the system. Refer to the Primary Care website for more information regarding the Home Clinic model.
What is a Most Responsible Provider, and what is his/her role in a Home Clinic?
Patients are enrolled with the Home Clinic. Within the Home Clinic each enrolled patient is associated with a Most Responsible Provider (MRP).
The MRP is a family physician or nurse practitioner, who has the lead role and medico-legal responsibility for overseeing the patient’s care. The MRP provides ongoing, comprehensive primary care, including ongoing coordination with other health-care providers, monitoring and management of patient condition(s) and patient care plan(s) and ongoing communication with the patient regarding their care.
The relationships between enrolled patients, their Home Clinic and their MRP ensure that Manitobans receive care and support where their health and medical needs and history are known.
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If you are a clinician in a primary care clinic that may become or is already a Home Clinic, review our Information for Clinicians section for more information.
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