On May 3, 2017, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced it was eliminating physician-delivered flu shots under MCP. As a result, patients can no longer book appointments with a fee-for-service family doctor for the sole purpose of obtaining a flu shot.
This is potentially harmful to patients and will result in increased costs to the health care system. In response, the NLMA has launched a social media campaign to encourage concerned citizens to call on the provincial government to reverse its decision.
- Government did not consult physicians prior to this decision.
- Of the 106,177 doses of influenza vaccines administered in the province last year, 48,131 (45%) or nearly half, were administered by physicians.
- Doctors are concerned that government’s decision will result in fewer flu vaccinations and more cases of influenza cases this flu season.
- Last year, there were 202 hospitalizations, 29 ICU admissions, and 13 deaths due to influenza in the province. Unless government’s decision is reversed, many vulnerable patients will fall through the cracks.
- Government has not released any analysis to show how this decision might impact patients.
- Government’s claims its decision is about saving money; however, documents obtained by the NLMA through an Access to Information and Protection of Privacy (ATIPP) request show that it may actually result in increased costs for taxpayers.
You can learn more about government’s decision by reading our FAQs and ATIPP Highlights. If you share our concerns, please sign our petition and send a message to the Premier and Minister of Health to make your voice heard. You can also share our videos and political cartoons on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.