Premier Darrell Dexter welcomed Saskatchewan’s decision to explore Nova Scotia’s collaborative emergency centre model which would ensure 24/7 emergency care for residents in rural and remote communities in that province. Saskatchewan health officials toured the collaborative emergency centre in Parrsboro today, July 26. Premier Brad Wall announced afterward that his province intends to explore the implementation of the model as an innovative approach to provide emergency care. “Collaborative emergency centres are working in Nova Scotia and they will work across the country,” said Premier Dexter. “We are happy to share our first-hand experiences with Saskatchewan or any other province so their citizens can receive better care sooner.” The CEC model was created in 2010 in Nova Scotia to respond to emergency room closures that plagued the health system over the previous decade. CECs keep emergency rooms open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They also ensure patients have access to same-day or next-day appointments with physicians. In the past, some patients waited up to six weeks to see a doctor. “We are working to transform our health care system to ensure people have improved access to high quality health care,” said Premier Wall. “We look forward to learning more about how Nova Scotia’s team-based model can improve access to emergency and primary health care in our rural and remote areas.” Nova Scotia opened its first collaborative emergency centre in Parrsboro in July 2011. Since then, the province has opened CECs in Springhill and Tatamagouche, and announced plans for others in Pugwash, Annapolis Royal and Musqudoboit Harbour. More information on the province’s Better Care Sooner plan , please visit http://www.gov.ns.ca/health/bettercaresooner .