The Ministry of Health works together with a provincial health authority, five regional health authorities, and a First Nations health authority to provide high quality, appropriate and timely health services to British Columbians.
Provincial Health Services Authority
The Provincial Health Services Authority is responsible for:
- working with the five regional health authorities to plan and coordinate the delivery of provincial programs and specialized services; and
- governing and managing the organizations that provide specialized health services throughout the province.
Regional Health Authorities
The five regional health authorities govern, plan and deliver health care services within their geographic areas.
The regional health authorities are responsible for:
- identifying population health needs;
- planning appropriate programs and services;
- ensuring programs and services are properly funded and managed; and
- meeting performance objectives.
First Nations Health Authority
The First Nations Health Authority represents a new relationship between B.C. First Nations, the Province of B.C. and the Government of Canada. The health authority aims to improve health outcomes for First Nations people in British Columbia.
The First Nations Health Authority is responsible for:
- planning, managing, delivering and funding First Nations health programs and services previously provided by Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch;
- working with B.C.’s Ministry of Health and health authorities to address service gaps and improve health outcomes for B.C. First Nations; and
- improving the quality, accessibility, delivery, effectiveness and cultural appropriateness of health care programs and services for First Nations.