The Province has responsibility for providing all aspects of health services to all residents of British Columbia, including Aboriginals living on- and off-reserve. The federal government has a financial responsibility to support the delivery of health services to First Nations on reserve.
As an Aboriginal resident of British Columbia, you can access all the services and programs that are available to all British Columbians with your BC CareCard or the new BC Services Card. As well, there are programs and services that are specifically for Aboriginal peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) in the province.
The Aboriginal Health Directorate
The Aboriginal Health Directorate aims to improve the health and well being of Aboriginal peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) in B.C., who do not enjoy the same level of good health as other British Columbians.
Basic Medical Coverage for First Nations in B.C.
MSP is the provincial government program that provides basic medical benefits. For example, MSP pays for medically required services of physicians and surgeons. All residents of B.C. are required to enrol with MSP. As of July 1, 2013, the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) will enrol and administer MSP under the B.C. First Nations Tripartite Framework Agreement on First Nation Health Governance.
- Learn about MSP for Registered Indians under the Indian Act