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New Brunswick Medical Society president Lynn Hansen says doctors take their role as partners in a sustainable health care system seriously. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

New Brunswick's doctors have voted to accept a new fee-for-service agreement with the provincial government.

Health Minister Ted Flemming and the New Brunswick Medical Society announced ratification of the two-year deal on Wednesday.

It provides a two per cent increase this year, effective April 1, followed by a two per cent increase again next year.

"The membership voted overwhelmingly in favour of the agreement," said Dr. Lynn Hansen, president of the New Brunswick Medical Society, in a statement.

"It was a record turn out," she added.

"Doctors are key partners in a sustainable health care system and we take our leadership role seriously," said Hansen. “We’re pleased to work with the province on improving health care for New Brunswick patients."

Flemming said the deal focuses on improving the health care system and strengthens its sustainability.

The tentative agreement was announced on March 18.

It follows two fiscal years of no increase to the medicare budget.

"The Provincial Health Plan and the doctors’ recent document, Care First, were very aligned in terms of our mutual priorities for the system," Flemming said in a statement.

Last year, the province's doctors took the Alward government to court over a plan to cut the medicare budget by $20 million and cap it for two years in an effort to reduce health-care costs.

A Court of Queen's Bench judge ruled the medical society's 2009 agreement with the government remained in effect and was binding until 2014.

The medical society represents about 1,600 doctors across the province.