Setting Priorities for B.C. Health
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In 2014, the Ministry of Health released Setting Priorities for the B.C. Health System that sets out the broad strategy and future direction of the British Columbia health care system. The strategy acknowledges that the B.C. system can and must build on its success but also make improvements to meet the short and long term needs of the population.
From this strategy, the ministry developed a series of policy papers focused on several key health care priorities that will help government, health authorities and health care providers reshape the health care system to better meet the needs of the patients the system serves.
The policy papers include:
- Delivering a Patient-Centred, high performing and sustainable health system (PDF, 421KB)
- Primary and Community Care (including Residential Care) - (click for executive summary PDF, 660KB) (click for full policy paper PDF, 2.85MB)
- Surgical Services - (click for executive summary PDF 520KB) (click for full policy paper PDF, 1.15MB)
- Rural Health Services - (click for executive summary PDF, 440KB) (click for full policy paper PDF, 1.71MB)
These are supported by the following enabling policy papers:
- The B.C. Patient-Centered Care Framework (PDF, 306KB)
- Health Human Resources - (click for executive summary PDF, 441KB) (click for full policy paper PDF, 1.71MB)
- IM/IT Enabling Strategy (PDF, 1.16MB)
Between February and May 2015, the ministry engaged in a discussion process on these policy papers with key partners across the province, including health authorities, health care workers and service partners. Click for a list of these orientation sessions (PDF, 73KB).
The ministry also hosted a primary and community care forum in Vancouver on June 1st and 2nd, 2015. Deputy Minister of Health Stephen Brown promised to follow up the two-day working session with an outline of the next steps. Click for the follow up letter (PDF, 372KB).
The ministry will develop a series of actions to meet the goals of the policy papers, informed by these discussions.
In April 2016, the Ministry published the Geographic Service Area profiles to the health authorities to support in the planning, implementing, reporting and assessing of health sector information. Click here to find the list of GSA's and their classification.