Government of B.C.

Accessing Health Care

Last Modified: 2016-02-04

A world-class health care system is only something to brag about if residents can access services in a timely and cost-effective manner. Learn how you can find a healthcare service provider near you and how you can apply for financial aid when you need to travel for medical purposes.

Home & Community Care

Publicly subsidized home and community care services provide a range of health care and support services for people who have acute, chronic, palliative or rehabilitative health care needs.

Finding Assisted Living or Residential Care

People who need assistance on a daily basis may consider moving into an assisted living residence or a licensed residential care facility. Both types of accommodation are regulated under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act; however there are some key differences between them.

TAP BC

The following programs provide assistance with the cost of medical travel and accommodations to B.C. residents who must travel from their home to access medical care. Read more to learn about what assistance may be available to help you.

Surgical Wait Times

There are more than 500,000 surgeries performed in British Columbia each year. More than half of these are emergency or unscheduled procedures and never appear on a waitlist. These cases are not included on this website.

Assisted Living Registrar

Assisted living services include housing, hospitality services and one or two personal assistance services (referred to as prescribed services), such as regular assistance with activities of daily living, medication services, or psychosocial supports.

Finding Care

Are you looking for a family doctor, medical clinic or hospital?

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