Community Health Centres are a proven model for delivering team-based, community-governed primary health care. The CHC model is well-positioned to meet BC’s primary care needs in rural and urban settings while playing a leading role in helping to reduce health care costs.
However, this will require support and coordination by the provincial government.
The good news is that the Ministry of Health has committed to supporting CHCs as a key part of BC’s strategy for primary health care reform. The scale of this commitment, the level of support for Community Health Centres, and the level of community involvement will depend on how much support we can show for a made-in-BC plan for CHCs.
We wrote a letter to Adrian Dix to urge the Ministry of Health to establish a central role for Community Health Centres (CHCs) in BC’s primary health care system.
You can read our full letter here and read the brief that we attached from the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives about “The Importance of Community Health Centres in BC’s primary care reforms” here.