Poverty is a fundamental determinant of health, and the health care costs of poverty add up to $1.2 billion per year. So, all of the other objectives will have a direct impact on improving the health of low-income people. That said, government provision of essential health services and community health care — home care, home support, assisted living, long-term care, and community mental health services –– should be enhanced and expanded. These services are particularly important to lower-income seniors (mainly women) and to people with physical and mental disabilities, and the people who provide these services are primarily low-wage women (a majority of whom are recent immigrants).
- Expand essential health services in the public system, such as dental and optical care and community mental health services
- Eliminate MSP premiums (already cut by 50% with a commitment to eliminate)
- Expand home support and residential care services, and increase the number of residential care beds
For more information, please read the following resources:
- Participate in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultations
- BC Health Coalition website
- Hospital Employees Union website
- “BC needs an opioid action plan” letter
- 5 things you should know about poverty in BC
- What does a poverty reduction plan for BC look like?
- BC Poverty Reduction Coalition policy recommendations
- Long Overdue: Why BC needs a poverty reduction plan