Both new authorities located in northern part of province away from largest population centres
Fredericton (4 Sep. 2008) - New Brunswick's eight health boards officially merged this week into two enlarged boards, both based in the northern part of the province away from the larger population centres of Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton.
One of the new authorities in located in Miramichi, the other in Bathurst.
The Miramichi authority will administer health care for most of the province except in francophone areas, which will fall under Bathurst's jurisdiction.
The process is designed to streamline operations while preventing duplication and increasing transparency.
"You should know everything that I know that's going on in New Brunswick," Health Minister Mike Murphy was quoted as saying by CBC News. "There should [not] be any secrets with regard to the difficulties we experience, the opportunities that we have."
New Brunswick spends $2.2 billion a year on health care, about 38% of the entire provincial budget.
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