Promote The Health Of All British Columbians

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.

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