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).
What’s in the government’s TogetherBC Plan?
- Investment to reduce Pharmacare deductibles for low-income people.
- Full elimination of MSP fees which will take effect by January 1, 2020.
What Priority Actions are We Still Fighting For?
- Supply the annualized global funding necessary to implement the government’s state commitment for team-based primary care through community-based health centres.
- Expand essential health services in the public system, such as universal dental and optical care and community mental health services.
- Expand home support and residential care services, and increase the number of residential care beds.
For more information, please read the following resources:
- Take Action for a strong Poverty Reduction Strategy
- ABC plan policy brief
- “What’s in the Government’s Plan? What are we still fighting for?” poster
- BC Health Coalition website
- Hospital Employees Union website
- “BC needs an opioid action plan” letter
- BC Poverty Reduction Coalition’s submission to the Poverty Reduction Consultations
- Long Overdue: Why BC needs a poverty reduction plan